Register now for free pesticide disposal scheme in Wales

Published May 10th, 2017

Welsh Water has extended its registration window for farmers, growers and landowners in targeted areas across Wales to dispose of any unwanted pesticides for free as part of their PestSmart campaign.

Registration is now open until Wednesday, May 31.

PestSmart, a joint initiative between Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales and supported by the Welsh Government and the agriculture and environment sectors, encourages people to consider the way they manage their land to help improve raw water quality before it reaches water treatment works.

Ian Christie, Managing Director of Water Services at Welsh Water, said: “Our routine raw water monitoring programme has detected increasing traces of pesticides in areas we have never seen them before. While these levels are too low to pose a risk to those drinking the water, they are enough to risk breaching rigorous drinking water standards so we want to work with land managers to take action to address this issue together.

“Even the most organised of land managers can find themselves with an out of date or now unlicensed product which can be difficult or expensive to dispose of correctly. To help them, we’ve decided to launch a free ‘no questions asked’ disposal scheme which will safely take away any unwanted pesticides and herbicides.

“We know that pesticides form an essential and everyday role in the agricultural community. However, if stored, used or disposed of incorrectly, they can have a devastating impact on people, water and wildlife. By providing this free and confidential scheme in targeted catchment areas across Wales, we want to work with land managers to reduce the risk of pollution and safeguard raw water quality before it reaches our water treatment works.”

Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, said, “This pesticide disposal scheme plays an important role in our Water Strategy for Wales’ vision of a thriving water environment which is sustainably managed. This free scheme will allow for unwanted, out of date or revoked pesticides and sheep dip to be collected and disposed of, safely and confidentially in six catchments across Wales.”