The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) collects, by special events or through county cooperation, over a half million pounds of waste pesticides in Minnesota every year. The majority, more than three quarters of it, comes from households.
The Waste Pesticide Collection program pays the costs of disposal and receives funding from a surcharge on pesticide products sold in the state. Farm waste pesticides have greatly declined but household waste pesticides continue to increase, straining the budget. When deciding what to do with your unwanted pesticides, consider these suggestions:
When purchasing the pesticide determine these factors:
Remember to REDUCE and REUSE whenever possible. When the determination is made that the product is unusable, bring it to your HHW facility for disposal. Proper treatment of hazardous waste is important but minimizing the waste should be everybody’s goal.