Protect San Antonio’s water: always dispose of pesticides properly

Always dispose of herbicides and pesticides properly! This weekend’s citywide household hazardous waste drop-off is a great opportunity to spring-clean hazardous chemicals from the garage.

Pesticides and herbicides can be a convenient way to protect plants from pests and weeds. But when used or discarded incorrectly, these chemicals pose great risks not only to our ecosystem and wildlife, but also to our water, soil, air and human health.

The best way to avoid the perils of pesticides and herbicides is to stop using them altogether. But if you must use them:yucky herbicide pesticide draining into sa river

  • Always carefully read the product label and follow the disposal instructions exactly.
  • Only purchase what you need and use it until it’s gone to avoid leftovers.
  • Never discard these items in your trash bin for regular collection.
  • Don’t ever pour them down sink drains, toilets or storm drains.

Pesticides and herbicides must be disposed of properly at a household hazardous waste site. For a schedule of monthly drop-off events, visit

Consider using organic or natural pest control methods, such as integrated pest management techniques to reduce reliance on pesticides and herbicides.

You play a huge role in protecting our water and environment. It all starts by sustainably managing your own little patch of Texas.

Event: Household Hazardous Waste monthly drop-off
March 1, 2
8 a.m.-noon
Bitters Bulky Waste Collection Center
1800 Wurzbach Parkway

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Heather Ginsburg
Heather is a Texas tradeswoman through and through! With three state water licenses under her belt, she brings a unique perspective, background and expertise to the SAWS Education team. Heather’s deep understanding of and passion for sharing water knowledge makes her perfectly suited for coordinating and leading SAWS’ education tours. Prior to joining the SAWS family, Heather worked in the private sector as a landscape designer where she spent countless hours helping homeowners create beautiful, water-saving landscapes. Heather, along with her husband Brett and their two children, all strive daily to be kind humans who give back to Mother Earth.
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