The San Antonio River Authority has begun registration for an Agricultural Chemical Collection event from 8 a.m. to noon May 11 at the Karnes County Youth Showbarn, 1480 County Road 345 in Kenedy.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is helping coordinate the event through its offices in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties, said Sam Womble, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Bexar County.
“The event is open to landowners in these four counties,” Womble said. “This is the first time SARA has organized an ag chemical collection event, so it will be implemented on a first-registered-first-served basis to allow for maximum participation and to keep the event within budget.”
Womble said the event is by appointment only and landowners must fill out a registration application available at their AgriLife Extension county office. The completed registration form will then be submitted to the San Antonio River Authority.
“In addition to agricultural chemicals, they also will be collecting empty, triple-rinsed pesticide containers,” Womble said. “Empty pesticide containers that are not properly rinsed or do not have their paper labels and caps removed will not be accepted.”
USAg Recycling is providing the container collection service.
Interested landowners have until April 27 to return their registration form to their local AgriLife Extension office. Slots will be available based on the order registration forms are received. Day-of walk-ins will not be accepted.
Womble said once registration is closed, the river authority will notify landowners of their registration status and provide a specific time to drop off their agricultural chemical waste on the day of the event.
For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County at 210-631-0400.