• Registration window for new initiative to help farmers, growers and land managers across Wales dispose of pesticide and herbicides extended
• Registration is now open until Friday 18th October
• Confidential scheme by Welsh Water safeguards drinking water quality before water reaches treatment works
Welsh Water has extended its registration window for farmers, growers and land managers in Wales to dispose of any unwanted pesticides and herbicides as part of their PestSmart project due to the popularity of the free and confidential scheme.
PestSmart encourages people across Wales to consider ‘smarter’ ways of weed, pest and disease control that do not impact on people, water or wildlife.
Ian Christie, Managing Director of Water Services at Welsh Water, explains: “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 farmers, growers and 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“Even the most organised of land managers can find themselves with an out of date or now unlicensed product which can be difficult or expensive to dispose of correctly.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 are launching a free ‘no questions asked’ disposal scheme to 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 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.”
Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This is a great initiative by Dwr Cymru and I encourage all farmers, growers and land managers to register for the free pesticide disposal scheme. Minimising the impact of pesticides on the environment is an essential part of responding to the ecological crisis, protecting Wales’ watercourses for future generations.
“ The scheme is available throughout Wales, not just Welsh Water’s operating area. It is completely confidential and available for a limited time on a first come, first served basis.
To register, visit www.dwrcymru.com/disposalscheme or call 01443 452716 by no later than 5pm on Monday 30th September 2019. Your details will be securely transferred to Welsh Water’s appointed hazardous waste contractor who will contact you for further details before collecting your unwanted pesticides and herbicides on a pre-arranged date.
Terms and conditions apply and are available on the Welsh Water website. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Further information: Contact Welsh Water’s Press Office on 01443 452 452 or cHJlc3NAZHdyY3ltcnUuY29t
PestSmart is the latest campaign in Welsh Water’s WaterSource approach to looking after our rivers, reservoirs and groundwater to protect our drinking water both now and for years to come. Its confidential pesticide and herbicide disposal scheme is being run in conjunction with Chem Clear Ltd and forms part of Welsh Water’s WaterSource approach to catchment management.
Information on illegal pesticides and chemicals are available on www.pesticides.gov.uk.