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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS Locally


ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them.

Beginning at the end of July and continuing in August, sites throughout the state will collect containers. The containers will be recycled to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

"This program offers farmers and agrichemical facilities a convenient opportunity to dispose of empty pesticide containers and demonstrate their environmental stewardship," Agriculture Director Philip Nelson said. "I would encourage them to gather any containers that they may have been planning to throw in the garbage and take them to the nearest collection site."

Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program. Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry. Participants are responsible for rinsing them and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.

The program is a cooperative venture between the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension.

To obtain a free brochure about the program, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture toll free at 1-800-641-3934.

The collection sites and dates for the 2015 Pesticide Container Recycling Program are as follows:

Permanent collection sites:

County Location City Contact Phone #

Greene Illinois Valley Supply Carrollton George Staples 217-942-6991

Lawrence Klein Flying Service Lawrenceville Robert Klein 618-884-1040

McLean Randolph Ag Service Heyworth Brad Hamilton 309-473-3256

 

Single Day Collection Sites:

AM Site hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

PM Site hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

*** Site hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Date, Time Location Contact

 

8/7 AM Grainco FS Dave Callan

LaSalle Lostant 815-368-3215

8/10 PM Helena Chemical Co. Mark Stange

Marshall Toluca 815-452-2377

8/11 AM Agland FS Mark Alvey

Peoria Hanna City 309-565-4315

8/11 PM Brandt Consolidated Eric Gordon

Logan Lincoln 217-735-2571

8/12 AM DCM Crop Care George Clark

Tazewell Deer Creek 309-447-6456

8/12 PM CPS Steve Schaffer

Livingston Saunemin 815-832-4491

8/13 AM Chebanse Ag Dean Schafer

Kankakee Chebanse 815-697-2392

8/13 PM CPS Todd Miller

Iroquois Onarga 815-268-4428

8/14 AM United Prairie Ben Rawlins

Champaign Tolono 217-485-6000

 



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