Tips for proper pesticide container disposal
Empty Containers. Rinse containers of liquid products thoroughly at the mixing site as soon as they are emptied using the triple rinse method or a pressure rinser. Puncture the top and bottom of disposable containers to prevent reuse. When disposable containers holding dry formulations are empty, open both ends to help remove any remaining pesticide.
If containers are non-refillable, high-density polyethylene, there are collection/recycling programs for agricultural and commercial applicators in most states. Contact the Ag Container Recycling Council for more information. Where there is no recycling program, deposit all empty containers in a licensed sanitary landfill. Do not reuse or stockpile empty disposable containers.
If containers are refillable/returnable, follow all rinsing and collection instructions provided by the manufacturer, distributor or retailer.
Leftover Treated Seed. The best way to dispose of a small quantity of leftover seed that has been treated with a pesticide is to plant it in an uncropped area of the farm or garden. Use the normal seeding rate and depth and plant at the proper time of year. Do not put treated seed in your compost pile or leave it on the soil surface. Additional options exist for large quantities, but consult first with state and local authorities to make sure you are in compliance with appropriate regulations.
Contaminated Clothing. Discard clothing that has been drenched or heavily contaminated with concentrated product. Most of this clothing can be discarded as normal solid waste. However, if the pesticide is regulated as hazardous waste, the contaminated clothing may have to be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Discard PPE (or a PPE component) that has been damaged or designated as one-time use, or has expired or reached its use limit. Follow the most strict disposal directions, which may be state or local laws, the pesticide label or the PPE manufacturer’s instructions.
Material from Clean-up of Spills or Leaks. Absorbent material such as pet litter, sawdust, or soil should be used to absorb small liquid pesticide spills or leaks and any water/detergent mixture used to clean the spill area. The absorbent material and any soil contaminated in a spill must be placed in a suitable container for proper disposal and treated as pesticide waste. Sweep up dry spills and return the product to the container only if any contamination with soil, etc. will not impact use. Contact your state to determine notification and cleanup requirements that may be applicable to a larger spill or leak.
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