Last chance for farmers to sign up for pesticide amnesty

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Farmers in North Dorset can still sign up to participate in a Dorset Pesticide Amnesty, which is being held by the Catchment Sensitive Farming team in Natural England, Wessex Water and Bournemouth Water.

Farmers have until January 16 to register their interest to take part.
Each farm can confidentially dispose of up to 75 litres or kilograms of pesticides or herbicides that have been banned or are passed their expiry date, through our waste disposal partner, Peake (GB) Ltd for free on a first come, first served basis.

Tom Hicks from Dorset’s Catchment Sensitive Farming team, says out-of- date or banned pesticides and other chemicals can pose a significant risk to the environment and to water resources if they are stored or disposed of incorrectly.

He added: “That’s why through this pesticide amnesty scheme they aim to facilitate the safe disposal of pesticides from farmers and land managers.”

To be eligible you must farm inside a high priority area of a Dorset river catchment. Most of North Dorset lies in the high priority area of the Dorset Stour catchment.

To participate you must contact the Dorset Catchment Sensitive Farming team by January 16. Collections will be organised throughout January and February.

Contact Tom Hicks at thomas.hicks@naturalengland.org.uk or phone 07920 708280.

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