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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with counties to provide a means to safely dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides through the Waste Pesticide Collection Program.
This environmentally sound program now provides expanded opportunities to dispose of potentially hazardous waste pesticides. Through the Waste Pesticide Collection program, pesticide users in every county around the state will have opportunities to dispose of unwanted agricultural (ag) pesticides through county household hazardous waste facilities, their mobile events or by attending MDA scheduled events. Counties may require pre-notification from farmers and others so as to better prepare for the delivery. Household waste pesticides can be disposed of during HHW routine operating hours or your county's scheduled mobile events. Find contact information on waste pesticide disposal by locating your county on the state program schedule.
Environmental stewardship is good for everyone!
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 7 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:
Unused and unwanted pesticides must be disposed of according to label directions. It is illegal to burn or bury a pesticide.
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