Thanks to the success of a recent pesticide amnesty organised for Lincolnshire growers by Anglian Water, further similar schemes are being planned for the near future.
The original scheme, which provided a service for farmers with out-of-date pesticides or recently banned left-over chemicals, resulted in more than two tonnes of unused pesticides being removed from Lincolnshire farms.
Farmers in the catchment area around the Louth Canal, Great Eau and River Ancholme were eligible to take advantage of the pesticide amnesty. The service was free and was entirely anonymous.
Around 30 farmers took advantage of the free scheme to dispose of chemicals such as terbutryn, simazine, cyanazine and isoproturon (IPU).
The aim was to safeguard against pesticides accidentally finding their way into the county’s watercourses and ground water.
Anglian Water catchment advisor Kelly Hewson-Fisher says: “Sometimes even the most organised farm managers can find themselves with out-of-date chemicals or a product which was perfectly legal when they bought it, but which has since had its license revoked.
“If any of these accidentally found their way into a water course there would be implications for wildlife and water quality.
“The safest option is to remove them from the farmed environment completely. All the farmers we dealt with were more than happy to take advantage of the service and it is now something we’re looking to expand in other areas.”