Farmer had enough cyanide in shed to ‘wipe out’ Co Roscommon
Man brings 4kg of hazardous chemical to waste disposal after keeping it for 40 years
The 4kg bag of cyanide which was handed in to the EPA’s farm hazardous waste collection in Roscommon on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Naughten/Twitter
The EPA’s farm hazardous waste collection in Roscommon on Saturday. Photograph: EPA/Twitter
A farmer in Roscommon safely disposed of 4kg of cyanide over the weekend, “enough to wipe out most of the county”.
The farmer, who had kept the highly toxic chemical in his shed over 40 years, brought it to a farm hazardous waste collection organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Roscommon town on Saturday.
Environmental officer with Roscommon County Council Suzanne Dempsey told Shannonside FM that “the chemicals expert that was on site during the day said that it was enough to wipe out most of the county”.
Cyanide was once widely used as a pesticide to kill rodents, according to the EPA, who said they do occasionally receive “heritage nasties” such as this at collection centres.
“In the absence of a disposal route, farmers are hanging onto these substances so it is great to be able to offer a safe route to clear these ‘heritage’ nasties,” a spokeswoman for the EPA said.
The EPA said they also received a quantity of one of the ingredients used to make Agent Orange during the collection day in Roscommon.