Farmer ‘had enough cyanide to destroy county’

Hazardous Farm Waste Collection a success!

Enough cyanide to kill most of the population of Roscommon safely was disposed of at the Hazardous Farm Waste Collection.

  312 farmers from Roscommon and beyond availed of the Farm Hazardous Waste Collection last Saturday.

  “Well done to the farming community in Roscommon for taking such a proactive and responsible approach to the disposal of these potentially dangerous chemicals, both safeguarding human health and the environment,” said Suzanne Dempsey, Roscommon County Council.

  One farmer brought in 4kg of cyanide that he had stored in his shed for 45 years. That quantity of cyanide according to a Chemical Expert on site that day would be enough to wipe out most of the population of Roscommon. Originally he had bought it for killing rabbits but until now the farmer felt he had no option for the safe disposal of this material.

  Similar finds of extremely dangerous materials have turned up at these collections nationwide over the last four years. However, these events are mainly for farmers to safely managing the surplus chemicals, medicines, waste oils, etc. that arise through the everyday, ordinary business of farming.

  This initiative is led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is facilitated by Roscommon County Council, working with An Teagasc to promote the event. Tim Hyde from Teagasc said, “It was the biggest turnout for the seven collection days held nationwide so far this year. These collection days provide an opportunity for farmers to dispose of materials that may be harmful to humans and animals, and also to ensure compliance with DAFM Cross Compliance and Bord Bia Inspections.”   The collection was visited by Minister Denis Naughten as his Department of Environment, Climate Action and Communications are involved in this initiative.