Friday, August 1, 2014

MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in NW MN counties

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in six northwestern Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 12, through Thursday, August 14, 2014.  Through these free collection events, Minnesota homeowners and farmers can safely dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides.

MDA has collected over 5.25 million pounds around the state since the program started in 1990.  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 is required. 

Collection sites will accept up to 300 pounds of eligible product at no cost. MDA requests that citizens call 651-201-6562 to provide advance notification if they wish to drop off more than 300 pounds of product.

MDA collections will be held at the following locations and times:

Red Lake County                  August 12, Red Lake County Coop, Red Lake Falls, 9a.m. to 11 a.m.

Pennington County               August 12, CHS Ag Services, Thief River Falls, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Marshall County                   August 13, CHS Ag Services, Warren, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Kittson County                      August 13, CPS at old AGSCO site, Hallock, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Roseau County                      August 14, Northern Resources, Roseau, 9 a.m. to 11a.m.

Lake of the Woods County  August 14, Northern Farmers Coop, Williams, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more details, contact the MDA Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division at 651-201-6562.