Near-record amount of waste pesticides collected & destroyed

BISMARCK – Almost 125 tons of unusable pesticides were collected and shipped out of North Dakota in the 2013 Project Safe Send collections.

“This year's total is the second highest since the program was started in 1992,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Together with 2012's record total, almost 270 tons of unusable pesticides have been collected in the past two years. It demonstrates the need for this program that enables people to get rid of products they can no longer use or do not need safely and affordably.”

The collections were conducted during July in 12 communities: Adams, Ashley, Bowman, Casselton, Cooperstown, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Kenmare, Minot, Underwood, Wahpeton and Watford City.

Casselton recorded the largest collection with 57,313 pounds. Grand Forks was second with 35,183 pounds of unusable pesticides.

Goehring said most of the collected pesticides – agricultural and home products that control plant and animal pests, such as insects, weeds, fungi and rodents – are no longer registered for use in North Dakota or have been damaged or are no longer of use to their owners.”

Some banned products such as DDT, and cyanide compounds were collected. 

Veolia Environmental Services, Blaine, MN, was contracted by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to collect, repackage and transport the waste chemicals to incinerators.

Project Safe Send is funded entirely by fees paid by pesticide manufacturers to register their products in North Dakota.