Goehring announces sites, dates for 2013 Project Safe Send

BISMARCK - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring encourages farmers, ranchers, pesticide dealers and applicators, government agencies and homeowners to bring their unusable pesticides to any of the 12 Project Safe Send collections in July.

“This is a simple and non-regulatory program to help people safely and legally get rid of unusable pesticides free of charge,” Goehring said. “Over the past 20 years, thousands of people have brought more than three million pounds of these chemicals to Project Safe Send collection sites.”

Project Safe Send accepts old, unusable or banned pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides. The pesticides are shipped out of state for incineration. The program is funded through product registration fees paid by pesticide manufacturers.

“Check your storage areas for any unusable pesticides and safely set them aside for Project Safe Send,” Goehring said. “If you find that the containers are deteriorating or leaking, pack them in larger containers with absorbent materials. Free, heavy-duty plastic bags are available from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.”

People with more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides should pre-register. No other pre-registration is required. A maximum of 20,000 pounds of pesticides per participant will be accepted. Pesticide rinse water also will be accepted. The first 100 pounds of rinse water will be taken free of charge; a fee will be applied for each additional pound.

To pre-register, obtain plastic bags or for more information, contact Jeremiah Lien at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at (800) 242-7535 or jjlien@nd.gov.

The collections will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time at the North Dakota Department of Transportation facilities in the following cities:

July 9 Underwood
July 10 Kenmare
July 11 Minot
July 12 Watford City
July 15 Bowman
July 16 Ashley
July 17 Jamestown
July 18 Cooperstown
July 19 Wahpeton
July 23 Adams
July 24 Grand Forks
July 25 Casselton