Tips for proper pesticide container disposal
Containment Pad/Sump Residue. A containment pad/sump is a safety system designed to contain and recover rinsate, spills, leaks, etc. Any solids left in the containment pad/sump should be dried and spread evenly over a large part of the field in accordance with label directions. If this is not possible, the solids should be taken to an approved waste disposal site.
“Proper pesticide disposal depends upon state and local regulations, the pesticide(s) involved, the waste classification, the quantity of waste and the disposal facility,” says Fishel. “Ultimately, the only acceptable approach is to be diligent with pesticides from start to finish. Purchase and prepare only what you need, avoid contamination and spills, and discard the container and other pesticide wastes according to the instructions on the pesticide label and all other laws.”
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO) provides contact information for state offices that regulate pesticides.
Check with your local solid waste management authority, environmental agency or health department to find out whether your community has a household hazardous waste collection program.
Some Resources on Pesticide Disposal:
- http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/disposal.htm Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- http://www.pesticidestewardship.org/disposal/Pages/default.aspx Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES)
- http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi010 University of Florida
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