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Last call for NI Water free scheme to help farmers dispose of unwanted chemicals

12 February 2024 15:40

 | NI Water News

NI Water’s Farm Chemical Disposal Scheme in the River Faughan and Lower Bann Priority catchment areas will be closing its applications shortly on Friday 16th February. This is the last chance to join this fantastic scheme which will collect unwanted or out-of-date Herbicides, Weed-Killer, Sheep Dip, Insecticide Sprays, Rodenticides, Fungicide Sprays, Veterinary medicines, and empty containers.

If you register for the scheme, the NI Water contractor will collect these items free of charge from your farmyard on a pre-arranged date and then dispose of them safely and confidentially. Registration is currently open and closes on 16th February 2024. Collection of the chemicals will then commence from March 2024.

To be eligible for the scheme, farmers must live within the following areas:

  • Lower Bann catchment area between Agivey Co. Antrim and Castleroe Co. Londonderry.
  • River Faughan catchment area between Drumahoe and Carnanreagh Co. Londonderry.

Kerry Morris, NI Water Catchment Officer commented, “As the closing date for registration is quickly approaching, it’s an important reminder that this scheme is taking place to reduce the risk of dangerous chemicals making their way into watercourses, which are important drinking water sources for the local areas. We are happy to be working with our contractors, McQuillan Environmental, who will pick up the waste chemicals from your farm and dispose of them safely on our behalf and within all waste management regulations. You don’t want to miss it so be sure to apply this week before the closing date.”

The scheme is also supported by the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). David Brown, UFU President said, “We are happy to support this NI Water venture that helps protect our water sources and I would really encourage farmers in this area to take up the opportunity and register for this free service. This is an excellent scheme which will help farmers tidy up their stores and give peace of mind that unwanted chemicals are out of the way and disposed of safely.”

To see the project details or to register for this free service please go to the following webpage:

Please have your postcode at hand, which will be used to check eligibility.


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