A farm hazardous waste collection took place at the weekend in Roscommon, and it was here that a farmer handed over a spectacular amount of cyanide. The organisers were delighted that the farmer acted so sensibly with the huge volume of poison!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) organised the collection, and the Roscommon Herald has reported that a local farmer had kept over 4kg of highly toxic cyanide on his farm for over four decades.
The environmental officer who dealt with the collection, Suzanne Dempsey, expressed her relief that the farmer had handed over the dangerous materials so responsibly. Apparently, the farmer had been trying to safely figure out a way of disposing of the cyanide for years.
The cyanide was in such huge amounts that it could ‘wipe out most of the country’. Dempsey said that the farmer used to use the cyanide to kill rabbits. He also kept it well-secured in proper containers. She also described the elderly farmer as a ‘lovely gentleman’.
“That would have been a common practice [killing rabbits with cyanide]. The farmer had it in his shed for the past 45 years and had previously sought advice on how to dispose of it safety. The chemical expert we had there on the day said that it would have been enough to wipe out most of the county,” she told the Roscommon Herald.
“We also had a quantity of the herbicide 2,4,5-T, one of the two ingredients of Agent Orange which was used in the Vietnam War. It was good to get these chemicals into safe hands,” she concluded.
If you have chemicals that you're not sure of, please remember to seek advice before you dispose of it!