Waste Pesticide Disposal Program
In 2019, the waste pesticide disposal program will occur in District 3, the eastern third of Montana. Collections will be held from September 17-20.
Waste Pesticide Program
(includes schedule & locations)
- September 17, 2019 - Wolf Point, MT
- September 18, 2019 - Sidney, MT
- September 19, 2019 - Miles City, MT
- September 20, 2019 - Billings, MT
All licensed pesticide applicators within the district will receive information and pre-registration forms by mail in July. Other interested parties (unlicensed pesticide applicators, members of the general public) can click here to register online, or obtain registration forms from the department, department website or from MSU county extension agents.
For small-scale users (see below) the program is free. The legislation authorizing the collection program was sponsored by Montana's agricultural industry and is funded, in part, by license fees that private, commercial, and government pesticide applicators and pesticide dealers pay to become licensed. Registration for the program is requested by the end of August. For the most part, acceptance into the program is on a first-come, first-served basis and early sign-up is encouraged.
Annual pesticide collections began in 1994. More than 638,600 pounds of waste pesticide have been collected from more than 1,764 participants. Amounts collected have ranged from one pound to over 7,000 pounds. Common pesticides that have been brought to collection events include insecticides such as DDT, chlordane, and pentachlorophenol and herbicides like 2,4,5-T and dinoseb. Strychnine has been the primary rodenticide collected.
Participants must pre-register their unusable pesticide with the Montana Department of Agriculture before the collection event so the collection can be managed safely and efficiently. Cost for participating in the program is substantially lower than costs incurred through other disposal options.
Important Change: As of May 2017, licensed pesticide applicators and dealers no longer receive a fee credit for that portion of the license fee earmarked for the disposal program.
Licensed pesticide applicators and dealers receive a fee credit for that portion of their license fee earmarked for the disposal program.
The disposal fee is FREE for the first 200 pounds and $0.50/lb for amounts in excess of 200 pounds, with a minimum charge of $5.00. Products are weighed on site. The disposal fee for pesticides containing dioxins or dioxin precursors may have a higher fee.
Requirements: Participants must pre-register their unusable pesticide with the Montana Department of Agriculture so the collection can be managed safely and efficiently. The registration form, located below, must be mailed to:
Montana Department of Agriculture
Pesticide Disposal Program
54 East Larslan Road
Larslan, MT 59244