The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering rural Texans the opportunity to dispose of banned or unwanted pesticides, properly rinsed plastic pesticide containers, used motor oil, oil filters, and lead-acid batteries free of charge.

This collection is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 20—Martindale Feed Mill, 500 South I-35 East, Frontage Road, rain or shine.

Agricultural wastes that will be collected include tractor-waste products, such as brake and transmission fluids; and agricultural supplies, such as pesticides, insecticides, harvest chemicals, pesticides used on livestock, weed killers, and rat poison.

All agricultural chemicals are eligible for acceptance excluding: more than five gallons of pesticides, herbicides, or wood preservatives containing 2,4,5-T, 2,4,5,TP (Silvex) or pentachlorophenol; and any non-hazardous fertilizers or nutrient materials that do not contain pesticide admixtures.

No tires, explosives, compressed-gas cylinders, household wastes, or wastes from chemical dealers will be accepted. In addition, staff will NOT accept wastes from chemical dealers, school chemistry or biology labs, or franchise pesticide applicators certified by the Texas Structural Pest Control Board.

Empty, plastic pesticide containers must be clean and triple- or high-pressure rinsed to be accepted. For large quantities of plastic pesticide containers, please contact USAg Recycling at 1-800-654-3145 to arrange pickup at no cost. There is a limit of two 55-gallon drums per participant on oil filter recycling and filters will not be accepted from businesses that change oil for a fee.

Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collections are co-sponsored by the TCEQ's Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division, Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas Department of Agriculture, and USAg Recycling.

For more information about these collections, please contact County Extension Agent Wayne Becker at 940-668-5413 or visit the TCEQ’s Web page at www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/AgWaste/agwaste.html.