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Project Safe Send

County Agent News
Dan Folske
July 2, 2018 

Project Safe Send 

Have you got old lawn chemicals in your garage or shop?  Or maybe you’ve recently bought property and there are old barrels, plastic jugs, or 5 gallon cans in one of the buildings with something in them that you are not sure what it is. If you have old herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or some kind of chemical you are not sure about, then Project Safe Send may be for you.

Project Safe Send is a state program run by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture designed to help individuals to safely dispose of old pesticides which may be unusable, unsafe, or illegal to use.

This program is for everyone – farmers, ranchers, pesticide dealers and applicators, government agencies, and homeowners. It’s a safe, simple, and non-regulatory program to help you safely and legally get rid of unusable pesticides free of charge. Since 1992, thousands of people have brought in over 4.4 million pounds of pesticides to Project Safe Send.

The program accepts any pesticides (i.e., herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, and fungicides) that are old, unusable, or banned. Participants can bring their unusable pesticides to a scheduled collection site. A contractor unloads the wastes for participants and collects any paperwork. The whole process usually takes just a few minutes. After the collections, pesticides are carefully packed and shipped out of state for incineration.

The two closest collection sites are the ND Department of Transportation facilities at Minot and at Tioga. The Tioga location at 425 2nd St SE, Tioga will be accepting pesticides from 8 am to noon on July 17th, 2018. The Minot location at 1305 Hwy 2 Bypass E, Minot, ND will be accepting pesticides on July 18th from 8 am to noon.

People with more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides should preregister by contacting the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. No other preregistration is required. A maximum of 20,000 pounds of pesticide per participant will be accepted. Pesticide rinse water also will be accepted at any of the 12 collection sites. The first 100 pounds of rinse water will be taken free of charge; a fee of $1.00 per pound will be applied for each additional pound of rinse water.

Please check your storage areas for any unusable pesticides and set them aside for Project Safe Send. In the meantime, keep pesticides locked up safely. If you have deteriorating or leaking containers, overpack them in larger containers and add absorbent materials. Free heavy-duty plastic bags are available from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Remember, pesticides include any weed or insect killers, grasshopper baits, gopher baits, and similar products.  They do not accept empty containers or paint.

If you have questions about an old chemical or cannot transport your old products to the collection site, please give me a call at 377-2927 or 339-1133 or email me at dan.folske@ndsu.edu

If you would like to preregister more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides, receive heavy duty plastic bags, or if you have questions about Project Safe Send, please call Jeremiah Lien at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at  701-425-3016 or email  jjlien@nd.gov .

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