Pesticide Container Disposal and Recycling

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Keeping plastics out of landfills has become a priority for many Americans. Although recycling opportunities for most household plastics are becoming widespread, recycling containers for hazardous substances such as herbicides may be more challenging. Shredded plastic from pesticide containers has been approved by the Ag Container Recycling Council for non-consumer items such as fence posts, agricultural drain pipes, highway and agricultural fence posts and underground utility conduit. In a landfill, these plastics require 100 to 1,000 years to break down.

The Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) is a non-profit organization that safely collects and recycles triple or pressure rinsed plastic pesticide containers. ACRC has thousands of farmers and applicators nationwide that participate in the free recycling program. The ACRC is fully funded by over 50 member companies and affiliates that formulate, produce, package and distribute crop protection and other pesticide products. ACRC and its six contractors cooperate with local states and municipalities to collect and recycle pesticide containers in 43 states.

Visit their website (http://acrecycle.org/) for more information about container eligibility requirements, how to rinse and prepare containers for recycling, and where to recycle.

 

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