The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Department of Agriculture, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have organized a regional collection of unwanted or unused (waste) pesticides as part of the Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection Program.

The local event will be held Thursday, October 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds located at 219 W. 5th Street in Sinton, Texas.

This free collection, conducted rain or shine, will give agricultural producers who use pesticides in Texas an opportunity to dispose of unwanted products that may pose a hazard to them, their families, and their surrounding farming and ranching communities. The program is strictly voluntary and no one is required to participate.

All this is done at no expense to participants who do not have to identify themselves. However, participants are asked to complete a short survey.

The following items are accepted at the collection events: triple-rinsed, empty pesticide containers; insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, nematicides, bactericides; growth regulators, harvest aid chemicals; pesticides used on livestock; other miscellaneous pesticides; all formulations of herbicides; unknown substances (please label the container "unknown");  used motor oil and oil filters; lead-acid batteries, batteries; and paint, petroleum products, and antifreeze.