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MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in southeast Minnesota counties


Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in four southeastern Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 26, through Thursday, August 28, 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:

Goodhue County - August 26, Ag Partners, Goodhue, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wabasha County - August 27, Progressive Ag Center, Plainview, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dodge County - August 27, CHS Ag Services, Claremont, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Houston County - August 28, Fairgrounds Commercial Building, Caledonia, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

CONTACT: Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications

651-201-6185 / allen.sommerfeld@state.mn.us

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