Recycling pesticide jugs is a service to local growers that has been beneficial to producers and the environment.
Before containers (jugs and drums) can be accepted for recycling, they must be rinsed of all residues after use. Only dry, residue-free rinsed containers are accepted at collection sites.
Triple (or more) rinsing is required by law to assure properly rinsed containers are classified as clean, and – once recycled – pose no threat to recycling workers.
- Empty contents of container into spray tank, turning the container so that any product trapped in the handle is allowed to flow out. Once flow is down to a drip, allow the container to drain for an additional 30 seconds.
- Immediately begin rinsing procedures or the product may become difficult to remove.
- Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water.
- Replace the cap on the container. With the container opening facing left, shake the container left to right over a distance of four to six inches. Shake the container about twice per second for 30 seconds.
- Drain rinse water into spray tank as previously described.
- Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water a second time.
- Recap the container. With the opening of the container pointed towards the ground, shake the container as described before. Then drain the rinse water into the spray tank.
- Finally, fill the empty container 1/4 full once more with clean water.
- Recap the container. With the container in the normal, upright position, shake the container as described before.
- Pour the rinse water into the spray tank. Carefully rinse and spray residue from the outside of the container.
- Carefully rinse cap over spray tank opening and then dispose of cap appropriately as regular solid waste.Contact your county environmental office for more details on where to dispose of your empty pesticide containers