The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced it has arranged to recycle them.

Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and recycle them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

“This program offers farmers a convenient opportunity to dispose of empty pesticide containers and demonstrate their environmental stewardship,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider 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 2014 Pesticide Container Recycling Program are as follows:

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

2014 Single Day Collection Sites
AM indicates collection site hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
PM indicates collection site hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
*** indicates collection site hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

County     Date     Time     Host Facility  City     Contact  Phone #    
Pike 7/29 PM Praireland FS Pittsfield Mike Smith 217-285-4477
Morgan 7/30 AM Praireland FS Jacksonville Dick Stiltz 217-243-6561
Cass 7/30 PM Sunrise Ag Virginia Mike Schone 217-452-3936
Schuyler 7/31 AM Praireland FS Rushville Aaron Winner 217-322-2024
Hancock 7/31 PM Chem-Gro Bowen Todd Nelson 217-842-5514
McDonough 8/1 AM CPS Blandinsville Travis Weaver 309-652-3694
Mercer 8/4 PM Gold Star FS Aledo Dave Cooper 309-582-7271
Henry 8/5 AM River Valley Coop Galva Shane Schmidt 309-932-2081
Whiteside 8/5 PM Gold Star FS Lyndon Nick Isenhart 815-778-3331
Stephenson 8/6 AM Pearl City Elevator Dakota Mark Wells 815-449-2254
Winnebago 8/6 PM Conserv FS Rockford Jeff Baxter 815-963-7669
McHenry 8/7 AM Conserv FS Marengo Jeff Kimmel 815-568-7211
DeKalb 8/7 PM Hintzsche Fert. Kirkland Dan Moore 815-522-3251
LaSalle 8/8 AM Grainco FS Lostant Steve Puetz 815-368-3215
Woodford 8/11 PM Buroughs Ag Service Toluca Mark Stange 309-452-2377
Peoria 8/12 AM Agland FS Hanna City Mark Alvey 309-565-4315
Tazewell 8/12 PM Agland FS Green Valley Travis Rudat 309-352-2700
Tazewell 8/13 AM DCM Crop Care Deer Creek George Clark 309-447-6456
Livingston 8/13 PM CPS Saunemin Steve Schaffer 815-832-4491
Kankakee 8/14 AM Chebanse Ag Chebanse Dean Schafer 815-697-2392
Iroquois 8/14 PM Weber Fertilizer Buckley Delmar Ecker 217-394-2042
Champaign 8/15 AM United Prairie Tolono Ben Rawlins 217-485-6000
Effingham 8/18 AM Effingham Equity Montrose Rodney Schultz 217-342-3123
Washington 8/25 PM Irvington Elevator Irvington Steve Seidel 618-249-6206
Randolph 8/26 *** Bockhorn Ag Sparta Leslie Bockhorn 618-443-3905
Monroe 8/26 PM Gateway FS Waterloo Jerry Roosevelt 618-282-4000
Clinton 8/27 *** CPS New Baden Jeff Haas 618-588-3525
Fayette 8/28 AM Woolsey Brothers Vandalia Herb Woolsey 618-283-1263
Christian 8/28 PM Effingham Equity Pana Rodney Schultz 217-342-3123
Macoupin 8/29 AM M & M Service Girard Dwayne Krager 217-627-2151