When you recycle empty pesticide containers, you are helping to protect the environment by diverting potential waste to the production of useful products. Furthermore, you are helping to reduce the spread of your local landfills.
Plastic from pesticide containers can be recycled into a number of products including pallets, new pesticide containers, fuel for cement kilns, fence posts, roadside sign posts, guard rails, drainage tile, sewage tile and hazardous waste drums.
If available and feasible, the following packaging or formulation technology will help to avoid pesticide container disposal issues.
During the growing season, the Illinois Department of Agriculture offers numerous container collection sites; some are single-day sites and others are permanent. For an annual brief on where to bring your containers for recycling, please write to:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Environmental Programs
P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, lL, 62794-9281
Pesticide Hot Line: 1-800-641-3934
Please remember, the recycling program will only accept clean, dry, high density polyethylene (HDPE) #2 plastic pesticide containers.
Rinsing right after use is the best way to ensure a clean container. Depending on what system fits your operation, you can either triple rinse or pressure rinse your containers. Your local agricultural chemical dealer can give you more information about pressurized rinse systems.
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Acts of May 8 and June, 1914, in cooperation with the U. S. Department of agriculture. DENNIS R. CAMPION, Interim Director, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Illinois Cooperative Extension Service provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. The information provided in this publication is for educational purposes only. References to commercial products or trade names do not constitute an endorsement by the University of Illinois and does not imply discrimination against other similar products.
Prepared by Bruce Paulsrud, Extension Specialist. Department of Crop Sciences.