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Extension, others offering free ag chemical disposal opportunities

Texas Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Department of Agriculture, will offer three free agricultural chemical collection events in June.

Collection hours for all three events will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dates and places are:

- June 5 at Luling Livestock Auction Inc., 15035 South Highway 183, Luling. For more information call Rachel Bauer at the Extension office in Caldwell County, 512-398-3122.

- - June 6 at Sons of Hermann Hall, 3689 South Highway 77, Giddings. For more information contact Tonya Poncik at the Extension office in Lee County, 979-542-2753.

- - June 7 at the Wharton County Youth Fairgrounds, 6036 Farm-to-Market Road 961, Wharton. For more information call contact Peter McGuill at the Extension office in Wharton County, 979-532-3310. ’ )

- The events are voluntary and confidential, said Dan Siebeneicher, agricultural waste program coordinator for the commission. Each is open to Texas residents who use agricultural chemicals or have banned or unwanted chemicals.

- No waste will be accepted from chemical dealers or from franchise pesticide applicators certified by the Texas Structural Pest Control Board.

- Acceptable agricultural chemicals for collection include pesticides, herbicides, oil and oil filters, grease, transmission fluid, diesel fuel, power steering fluid, paint, gasoline, fluorescent bulbs, lead-acid batteries and brake fluid.

- There is a limit of two 55-gallon drums of filters per participant for oil filter recycling, but no oil or oil filters will be accepted from businesses that change oil for a fee. In addition, there is a limit of 5 gallons for herbicides containing 2,4,5-T or 2,4,5-TP (Silvex) or pesticides or wood preservatives containing pentachlorophenol.

Items which will not be accepted include tires, radioactive materials, explosives, household chemicals, compressed gas cylinders, biomedical waste materials, ammunition, fertilizers and certain nutrient materials. For additional information, contact the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at 512-239-3143 or visit

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