South East Water claims pesticide amnesty success

More than a tonne of unused and out-of-date chemicals from farms in Kent have been surrendered anonymously, following an initiative by South East Water and the government’s Catchment Sensitive Farming project.

The amnesty was intended to remove the risk of the chemicals being disposed of down the drains, which could pose a “serious threat to water resources”, said the utility. Almost all of the substances handed over were pesticides or other agrochemicals, 57kg of them no longer being approved for use in the UK.

During October and November last year, the firm organised the amnesty for farms within the river Teise surface water catchment and its Pembury and Hartlake groundwater catchments to facilitate safe disposal. The responses from a total of 23 farms have reduced the risk of abstractions being contaminated and closed, South East Water said.

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