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Scott County officials discuss pesticide pickup, roof repairs

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

BENTON -- Looking for something to do with that batch of insecticide that can't be thrown away?

According to Tom Beardslee, Scott County emergency management director, the "Department of Natural Resources project to recover unwanted substances from farms and homes" is just what you are looking for.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 497 Charleston St. in Benton, a contractor for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will pick up various substances from farmers and citizens. Substances that can be dropped off include: herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, rodenticides and fertilizers, according to the DNR.

"It's a good thing for farmers, gardeners and homeowners," said Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger. Such services offer a "safe and proper way to dispose of these substances," he said.

All Missouri farmers and residents can bring their qualifying unused substances to the collection site. However, the following substances are prohibited: explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, cylinders, asbestos, trash, yard waste, electronics and any other chemicals besides pesticides and herbicides.

Businesses, production facilities, distributors, retailers, etc., are also prohibited from bringing their pesticides.

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