Nov 9, 2012 at 7:00 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) The Minnesota Department of Agriculture helped hundreds of Minnesotans safely dispose of more than 18 tons of unwanted, unusable or out-of-date pesticides in 2012 through its Waste Pesticide Collection Program.
Over the summer, the Agriculture Department worked with local officials to organize a series of collection events around the state. This year, the collection events were offered in 35 counties. At each site, residents are invited to drop off waste pesticides. The collection events typically attract a wide range of people, including farmers, ag-chemical dealerships, golf course workers, nursery and garden center staff, and homeowners.
The program is funded by a surcharge paid to the Agriculture Department by pesticide registrants, and the collection and disposal was provided at no cost to any of the participants.
In addition to eliminating the 18 tons of agricultural waste pesticides from Minnesota, the department has worked with counties to collect and remove more than 103 tons of household waste pesticides so far this year. Under an agreement with the state and most Minnesota counties, the department pays for transportation, disposal, and other costs.
Agriculture Department Commissioner Dave Frederickson said the program helps homeowners, farmers, and others by giving them a safe and convenient option for disposing of waste pesticides.