The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is hosting a series of free waste pesticide collections available to eleven northwestern Minnesota counties. Residents from Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties may attend any of the five collection sites in July.
The program accepts unwanted, unusable agricultural and consumer-type pesticides including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and rodenticides. However, crop oils, adjuvants, pesticide rinsate, fertilizer, treated seed, contaminated soil, and empty pesticide containers will not be accepted. The collections are open to farmers, homeowners, commercial pesticide applicators, golf courses, lawn care companies, structural pest control operators, and other pesticide users. No pre-registration for the MDA events is required.
The 2018 MDA collections will be held at the following locations and times:
- July 10 - Ulen Agronomy, Ulen; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- July 11 - CHS Ag Services, Crookston; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
- July 11 - CHS Ag Services, Thief River Falls; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- July 12 - CHS Ag Services, Warren; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
- July 12 - CPS (former Agsco site), Hallock; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Residents of other counties may attend but have opportunities for free disposal through their county Household Hazardous Waste facilities.
Collection sites will accept up to 300 pounds of eligible product at no cost. The MDA requests that citizens call 651-201-6562 to provide advance notification if they wish to drop off more than 300 pounds of product.
The MDA Waste Pesticide Collection Program has helped Minnesotans safety dispose of seven and a half million pounds of unusable and unwanted pesticides since the program started in 1990.
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications