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Waste Pesticides Collected in Western Montana

 

HELENA, Mont. — State officials collected more than 10 tons of outdated and unusable pesticides during an annual drive this year in western and southwestern Montana.

 

Products received during collections in Polson, Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman and Butte totaled 21,293 pounds and included products such as chlordane and strychnine oats that are no longer registered for use, according to Carli Lofing, disposal program coordinator for the Montana Department of Agriculture.

 

Agricultural producers, businesses and homeowners in the Bozeman area turned in more than 11,000 pounds of unusable pesticides during a September 15 collection. Statewide, amounts collected in earlier years varied from a low of 9,007 pounds in 2004 to a high of 64,224 pounds in 1996, three years after the program started.

 

The goal of the collection is to safely dispose of pesticide products, some of which have been stored for years because they are no longer registered for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Owners of the products must pre-register to dispose of any product and only pay a disposal fee for amounts greater than 200 pounds.

 

Collected pesticide products are sent to a licensed hazardous waste facility for disposal.

 

In 2012, collections will occur in communities in south-central and north-central Montana. Locations, dates and times will be determined later, Lofing said.

 

For information once communities and dates are determined, see the department website at http://agr.mt.gov/pestfert/disposal.asp.  Program information is available from Carli Lofing at (406) 444-5400 or by email at CLofing@mt.gov.

 
 

Contacts

 

Carli Lofing
Montana Department of Agriculture
605 2nd Ave S, Room 204A

Glasgow, MT 59230
Phone: (406) 228-9512

E-mail: clofing@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 228-9590

Jayson O'Neill
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3684
E-mail: jaysononeill@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-5409

 

Published: November 17, 2011 10:52:00 AM MST.
Last Modified: November 22, 2011 11:01:57 AM MST