The Montana Department of Agriculture’s Annual Pesticide Disposal Program was designed to help individuals-both in town and in the country-dispose of any pesticides that are unusable as originally intended and can’t be used for any other purpose.
The department’s Carli Davis says since 1994, the program has collected over 638,000 pounds of waste pesticides.
“We take any insecticide, herbicides, rodenticides and unknown products that people are fairly sure are a pesticide,” said Davis. “Those unknown products do get tested at the site by our contractors to make sure. We just don't take things like used paint and fertilizers and oil and those other hazardous waste products. But anything that is considered a pesticide we can take.”
She says this year the program is headed for eastern Montana.
“The collection events will be held Sept. 17 in Wolf Point; Sept. 18 in Sidney; Sept. 19 in Miles City; and Sept. 20 in Billings,” said Davis.
There is no charge for the first 200 pounds of material. Amounts over 200 pounds are assessed at $1 per pound.
Pre-registration is required and people interested can do so by calling the Montana Department of Agriculture office in Helena at 406-444-3144 or by visiting their website at www.agr.mt.gov .