Hello, my name is Stan Kaminski with the Minnesota
Department of Agriculture. I’ll refer to that from now on as MDA. This instructional video covers the form that our partners can
use to record ag/business waste pesticides. As you likely have heard, MDA and counties
worked to propose changes to streamline the law that requires the recording of waste pesticide
data but still provide useful information about waste pesticide in Minnesota. The legislature
passed our suggested proposals. The way the law reads now is that only Ag
waste pesticides are recorded and there is no need to identify household waste pesticide.
Only Ag waste pesticide weights are recorded, either actual or estimated weight. They are
no longer required to have listed EPA reg. numbers or product names.
Ag waste pesticides are unwanted pesticides provided to you by a pesticide user that farms,
operates an ag cooperative, custom applies, performs aerial application or a pesticide
that comes from someone that would normally not be able to use the services of your household
hazardous waste facility or event for other waste streams.
This is a one-page form with two possible ways to record the weights of delivered ag
pesticides. The first section of the form is designed more for estimating the weights
as the product comes in. One can weigh each item but that will likely prove time prohibitive.
A typical 2 ½ gallon farm pesticide jug, when full, is 25 lbs. Half full vessel is
12 or 13 pounds. Estimate from there. Other vessels will need you to come close just by
lifting and estimating the heft. Each line is not for each pesticide. Estimate the whole
delivery and note it on one line. You can also break the load down and jot down the
subtotals on each line if that proves more practical. The main goal is to come up with
a reasonable estimate for a total. When the section is filled, add up the total. Each
sheet should have its own total. Carrying totals forward from other sheets may cause
confusion.” “As deliveries of ag waste pesticide arrive,
the estimated weights are written down. Dedicate a convenient location or clipboard for this
form and note the weigh immediately while the figure is fresh in mind.”
The second option for recording ag waste pesticide may be more suited to larger facilities. This
involves dedicating a solid and a liquid drum specifically for ag waste pesticide. Be sure
to visibly label the drums. No weighing or estimating is required at the
time of delivery. Just place the pesticides in the appropriate drum and move on. This
is especially convenient when clients are lined up and you are very busy. When the facility
is ready to ship, the drums are weighed, and the net weight noted on the form.
The net weight is the pesticide only so you need to subtract 45 lbs for metal drums and
25 lbs for poly drums. These numbers are the ones commonly used by the contractor as the
typical average weight of empty 55 gallon drums. After the drums are weighed and information
recorded, the drums can have household waste pesticide packed around the larger containers
or the larger containers can be moved to the household drums in order to completely fill
drums. Bulk Containers such as drums, totes, mini-bulks
are accepted for payment by MDA. These can be best managed by pre-registering as indicated
by your advertising. The cost of disposal for a partial drum is the same as for a full
drum. If noticed early enough, direct those with bulk containers having only a few gallons
in them to pour them off into smaller vessels. The savings are significant.
The completed forms can be mailed or scanned to MDA but the preferred step would be to
give it to the shipping contractor. This way the information stays together, arrives together
and leaves little room for mix up. Be sure you identify your facility and the day you
ship. Information received at MDA will be recorded
and available for reports and to counties. Contact Stan Kaminski if you have questions
on the proper use of this form. 651-201-6562 or [email protected]