The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is postponing a series of free waste pesticide collections available to 11 northwestern Minnesota counties due to concerns of Covid-19 on collection participants and facilities.

There will not be scheduled collection events in 2020 in Crookston, Hallock, Thief River Falls, Ulen, or Warren. These agricultural or business waste pesticide collections served the following counties: Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. The events will be moved to July 2021.

Those who planned to get rid of pesticides at a 2020 event should store the chemicals in their original containers with labels. The containers should be kept in a dry, secured area free of tampering. Leaky containers should be placed in a secondary container so the contents are not released into the environment.

Contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Jane Boerboom at (651) 201-6540 or jane.boerboom@state.mn.us with questions or if you have 300 or more pounds of pesticides ready for disposal.

This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.