The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is stepping up efforts to help Minnesota farmers and households to safely dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides through the Waste Pesticide Collection Program. The program provides an environmentally sound option to dispose of unusable and unwanted pesticides.
Through the Waste Pesticide Collection program, pesticide users in every county around the state will have opportunities to dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides once every other year and household pesticide products at least once a year.
There are many hazardous characteristics associated with waste pesticides. These characteristics pose potential dangers to public health and the environment. Disposing of unusable pesticides eliminates the potential dangerous materials. Since 1990 more than 4.6 million pounds of waste pesticides have been collected and disposed of through the MDA sponsored programs. Waste pesticides collected in Minnesota are destroyed at an out of state incinerator that was specifically designed to destroy hazardous waste materials.
Pesticides become unusable when:
What is the risk?
The longer you store a pesticide that you no longer use the more likely…
Participants are responsible for their waste pesticides – including accidental spills - until delivered to the collection site.
Stan Kaminski, Waste Pesticide Consultant
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org