Project Safe Send pesticide collection sets record

Farm Forum

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state program that helps North Dakota residents dispose of unusable or unwanted pesticides free of charge collected a record 150 tons this year.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says more than 300 people took part in the Project Safe Send program this year, bringing chemicals that eclipsed the 2012 record of 145 tons.

The collections were conducted in a dozen cities in July. Chemicals will be taken to incinerators out of state for disposal

The Project Safe Send program was started in 1992. It’s funded by fees that pesticide manufacturers pay to register their products in North Dakota.