NI chemical assortment service goals to chop air pollution dangers

Farmers in components of Northern Ireland have been urged to register for a free waste chemical assortment service in a bid to chop air pollution dangers.

The Farm Chemical Disposal Scheme is run by NI Water in areas round Spamount, Castlederg, Killen, Aghyaran, Killeter and components of County Tyrone.

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A registration window for the scheme opened on 1 November and can shut on the finish of the month.

Officials at NI Water will then prepare on-farm assortment of undesirable or out-of-date chemical substances from 9 January 2023.  

Chemical sorts embrace:

  • Herbicides
  • Weedkiller
  • Sheep dip chemical substances
  • Insecticide sprays
  • Rodenticides
  • Fungicide sprays
  • Veterinary medicines
  • Empty containers

Water catchment officer Peter Quinn defined: “This scheme is happening to cut back the danger of harmful chemical substances making their approach into watercourses.

“These watercourses result in the River Derg, which is a crucial ingesting water supply for the native space.”

Mr Quinn added that assortment can be by way of a agency of contractors, McQuillan Environmental.

“The contractor will acquire waste chemical substances from the farmyard and get rid of them safely on our behalf and inside all waste administration laws,” Mr Quinn stated.

He additionally harassed that each one chemical substances can be disposed of safely and confidentially.

UFU backing

The initiative has received the backing of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) after profitable trials of a pilot scheme have been carried out in April this yr.

Union deputy president John McLenaghan stated the scheme can be massively useful for native farmers in serving to them to guard the countryside.

“We encourage farmers within the Co Tyrone a part of the ingesting water catchment, upstream of the Ardstraw remedy works, to make use of this service”, Mr McLenaghan stated.

“It’s a wonderful scheme that may make sure the protected disposal of chemical substances serving to to keep away from contamination of watercourses. It will even assist farmers to tidy up their shops on farm.”