South Texas farmers are being encouraged to go green. Farmers using pesticides to protect their crops are left with numerous plastic containers. One area organization is making it easier to recycle leftover pesticide containers.
"What we've expressed to the farmers here, once you burn these containers they don't disintegrate like paper or wood," said Richard Marburger with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. "Once you burn them, they just go back to a moulton state and then you have a blob of plastic....so you still have to do something with that."
The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension held a plastic pesticide container recycling event on Monday at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds in Sinton. The plastic is broken down into pieces, most of which is used to build drainage pipes for farms. The Agrilife Extension hosts two of these recycling days a year. The next one is scheduled for June of next year.