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.
M.S. 18B.065, Subd. 3. Information; education; report.
(a) The commissioner shall provide informational and educational materials regarding waste pesticides and the proper management of waste pesticides to the public.
(b) No later than March 15 each year, the commissioner must report the following to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over agriculture finance:
(1) each instance of a refusal to collect waste pesticide or the assessment of a fee to a pesticide end user as authorized in subdivision 2, paragraph (b); and
(2) waste pesticide collection information including a discussion of the type and quantity of waste pesticide collected by the commissioner and any entity collecting waste pesticide under subdivision 7 during the previous calendar year, a summary of waste pesticide collection trends, and any corresponding program recommendations.
2013 Legislation: Chapter 114, Article 2, Section. 66. WASTE PESTICIDE REPORTING; 2013, 2014, AND 2015. Notwithstanding the recording and reporting requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 18B.065, subdivision 2a, paragraph (d), persons are not required to record or report agricultural or nonagricultural waste pesticide collected after the effective date of this section in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The commissioner of agriculture shall analyze existing collection data to identify trends that will inform future collection strategies to better meet the needs and nature of current waste pesticide streams. By January 15, 2015, the commissioner shall report analysis, recommendations, and proposed policy changes to this program to legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over agriculture finance and policy.
EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective the day following final enactment.