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N.D. Pesticide Collection Sets Record

A record amount of unusable pesticides was collected and shipped out of North Dakota in 2008 as part of Project Safe Send.

Five hundred thirty five people bought 195,410 of unusable pesticides to collection centers.

The previous participation record was 478 in 2007.

The previous record collection total was 190,759 pounds in 2002.
Johnson said the numbers clearly show the ongoing need for this program.

"As more pesticides become obsolete every year and are no longer usable for current applications, Project Safe Send remains an easy and affordable means for farmers, dealers and homeowners to get rid of these dangerous chemicals," says Roger Johnson, North Dakota ag commissioner.

Project Safe Send collections were conducted in July in Belfield, Bismarck, Bowman, Cando, Ellendale, Finley, Grafton, Grand Forks, Harvey, Jamestown, Kenmare, Lisbon, Velva, Wahpeton, Watford City and West Fargo.

The Grafton collection was the largest in participation – 63 people, while Jamestown was first in the amount of chemicals collected – 40,364 pounds.

Jamestown was second in participation with 53 people, and Grand Forks was second in amount of waste pesticides with 22,683 pounds.

Some of the chemicals brought in this year include long-banned products, such as DDT, arsenic, strychnine and mercury compounds.

Veolia Environmental Services, Blaine, Minn., collected, repackaged and transported the waste chemicals out of state for incineration.

"Nearly 6,500 people have used Project Safe Send since 1992 to safely get rid of their unusable pesticides," Johnson says. "This level of public participation has helped maintain the program's strong backing in the Legislature from both sides of the aisle."

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

Source: N.D. Department of Agriculture

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