Special to The Reporter

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, rain or shine on Sept. 30 at Johnson County Sheriff Posse Fairgrounds, 1315 S. Main Street. Collection hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Agricultural wastes and chemicals that will be accepted include agricultural supplies, such as plant pesticides, insecticides, harvest chemicals, pesticides used on livestock, herbicides, growth regulators, rat poison, as well as paint, tractor brake and transmission fluids and up to two 55-gallon drums of oil filters for recycling per participant. Filters and oil will not be accepted from businesses that change oil for a fee.

Agricultural chemicals that will not be accepted include fertilizers or nutrient materials that are neither hazardous nor contain pesticide admixtures. Also not accepted: tires, explosives, propane/butane compressed-gas cylinders larger than 20 pounds, or wastes from chemical dealers, school chemistry or biology labs, or applicators regulated by the Texas Structural Pest Control Service.

Empty, plastic pesticide containers must be clean and triple- or high-pressure rinsed to be accepted. For large quantities of plastic pesticide containers, contact USAg Recycling at 1-800-654-3145 to arrange pickup at no cost or visit www.usagrecycling.com.

Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collections are co-sponsored by the TCEQ’s Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Program Prairie View A&M University and USAg Recycling.

For more information about these collections, contact County Extension Agent Chris Schneider at 817-556-6370 or visit the TCEQ’s Web site at www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/AgWaste/schedule/html.