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Frequently Asked Questions about the Waste Pesticide Collection Program

How does the Waste Pesticide Collection Program work?

Counties have an opportunity to partner with MDA to collect household or both household and agricultural (ag)waste pesticide. Counties that only accept household pesticide will have MDA sponsored ag collections available to them (although it may be in a different county). Contact your county and determine your pesticide disposal option using the Waste Pesticide Collection Schedule before delivering.

No pesticide is too old to be collectedWho can participate?

Minnesota residents may bring ag or household waste pesticide to waste pesticide program collections. Ag waste pesticide is defined a pesticides used by a farmer or business and include ag-chemical dealerships, commercial applicators like structural pest control and lawn care services, and noncommercial applicators such as right-of-way maintenance crews and business grounds keepers.  Household waste pesticides are designed for use around the home, garden and yard. Before delivering the waste pesticides, determine how Waste Pesticide Collection is managed in your county.

What is the Cost?

The MDA pays program costs from a waste pesticide surcharge that is part of the registration fee paid by pesticide manufacturers. MDA uses these funds to pay state contractors for disposal, supplies and transportation on collected pesticides as well as a reasonable overhead cost to the counties doing the work. There is no cost to the participant.

What is collected?

Unwanted, unusable pesticides including: insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides (rat poisons) and other pesticides. Liquids, granulars, powders, baits, paste and aerosol formulations are accepted.

What’s not accepted: Pesticide rinsate, tank mix, crop oils, adjuvants, fertilizer, treated seed, contaminated soil and empty containers.

MDA Contact

Stan Kaminski, Enforcement Waste Pesticide Advisor
Waste Pesticide Collection Program

Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division