Anglian Water is offering farmers in Norfolk the opportunity to get rid of redundant or unapproved pesticides free of charge. 

A pesticide amnesty is being launched in the county for farms in the Blackwater (Reepham) sub-catchment of the River Wensum and will run from 1 December until the end of January 2017.

The River Wensum supplies a large amount of the drinking water to Norwich and the surrounding area after treatment at the Heigham Water Treatment Works. .

Many farmers have out of date or unwanted pesticides in storage which are difficult or expensive to dispose of. Anglian Water is aiming to provide a useful service for farmers whilst also protecting water courses in the area from the risk of unintended contamination.

Rob Holland, Anglian Water’s Catchment Advisor for Norfolk, said: “Pesticides are a vital part of the modern farm business and we know that farmers in Norfolk do all they can to use and store them responsibly.

“However, there are often pesticides left over at the end of the season and sometimes these can go out of date. There are also chemicals which were bought legitimately but which have now been withdrawn from the market. These unwanted chemicals could pose a risk to water quality if they are not disposed of properly.

“Although we can remove many chemicals from raw water before we put it into supply a far more sustainable, long term solution is to work alongside farmers to reduce the chance of pesticides getting into the water in the first place.

“As well as initiatives like this, our advisory team are meeting hundreds of farmers to help them protect water quality. This could include changing the way chemicals are applied or swapping some of the more tricky pesticides for alternatives that break down quicker.”

This includes supporting an already established group of farmers who are working together in the Upper Wensum, around Fakenham, who are working to improve environmental aspects of their farms including water quality.

Farmers can check if they are in the target area by calling Rob Holland, Anglian Water’s Catchment Advisor for Norfolk on 07802 856872.
There is no charge for the service and collection will be anonymous.

To book a collection call David Brown, ChemClear Ltd on 07436 077304 or email info@chemclearltd.co.uk. Details of collections will remain confidential between the applicant and ChemClear Ltd.

For more information on Anglian Water’s work with farmers visit - www.anglianwater.co.uk/farming