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Which Waste Pesticides Are Eligible For Collection?

The following will be accepted at the designated collection centers:

Growth regulators
Harvest aid chemicals
Pesticides used on livestock
Other miscellaneous pesticides
All formulations of herbicides, including those containing 2,4,5-T-Silvex
Unknown substances (please label the container "unknown")
The following will not be accepted:
Explosive materials
Empty pesticide containers
(see Pesticide Education Resources for more information on container recycling)
Fertilizers or nutrient materials that are neither hazardous nor contain pesticide
Compressed gas cylinders
Out-of-state waste
Waste pesticides from chemical manufacturers
Laboratory waste from governmental entities

Recommended Safety Practices

No safety precautions and protective measures can be suggested that totally eliminate risks. However, here are some suggestions that may assist you in minimizing exposure as you work with waste pesticides.

How Should You Transport Waste Materials?

  1. Make sure all waste material is securely packaged. Use only transport containers that are securely closed. Containers that cannot be securely closed should be packed within containers that can be securely closed.
  2. Line the storage area of the transport vehicle with plastic sheeting to contain any spillage that might occur.
  3. If possible, arrange the pesticides by hazard class (for example, flammables, corrosives, oxidizers, poisons) to prevent mixing of incompatible materials should spillage occur.
  4. Make sure labels are securely attached. Unlabeled containers result in greater expense for testing before disposal. Attention on your part to this detail can make the project more economical.
  5. Arrange containers in your vehicle so that they are braced to prevent shifting that may result in container damage and/or leakage.
  6. Keep containers dry during transport. Loads in open vehicles such as pickup trucks should be covered in the event of rainfall.
  7. Do not transport pesticide wastes in a manner that will allow fumes from those wastes to enter the passenger compartment of the transportation vehicle.
  8. Make a list of the pesticides that you are transporting. Include on the list the name(s) of the pesticide, number of containers, and hazard class (when known). In addition, include the emergency phone numbers for fire and police assistance. Make a copy of that list. In case of an accident, take the second copy with you to the phone for help and leave the other copy on the driver's seat in case emergency services arrive while you are away seeking assistance.
  9. Drive directly to the pesticide collection program site after you load your vehicle. DRIVE CAREFULLY. You are responsible for any spillage, damage, subsequent cleanup, and restoration that might occur while you are transporting the wastes, regardless of who caused the accident. The state and its contractor are not responsible for any spillage that occurs before the waste is accepted by the contractor at the collection site.
  10. At the collection site, proceed to the line you are directed to by the representative.
How Should You Handle Waste Materials?
  1. Inspect containers. If, upon inspection, you suspect that a container will tear or rupture when moved, do not attempt to move or load the container for transport. Notify collection site personnel for assistance.
  2. Wear the protective clothing and protective equipment (goggles, gloves, respirator, etc.) described on product labels when handling pesticides.
  3. Use the respiratory protection described on product labels. If you suspect that any of the older chemicals or unlabeled chemicals are highly volatile or are packaged under pressure, consider the need for appropriate respiratory protection.
  4. If the product is not labeled, the product label is not legible, or the product label does not contain a "Hazardous to Humans and Domestic Animals" panel with protective clothing information, wear protective clothing that you would normally wear when applying pesticides. At a minimum, wear a long-sleeved shirt with sleeves buttoned at the wrist, a pair of chemical-resistant gloves, preferably a chemically resistant apron, rubber boots, goggles or full face shield, and a wide brimmed hat.
  5. Have spill control materials available. For example, a 10-pound bag of commercially available safety absorbent, a shovel, and a container for spilled material collected with the absorbent and any contaminated soil may be useful in control and cleanup of a spill involving a small amount of material.
  6. Handle with care all waste and unused pesticide product containers to minimize the possibility of container rupture and loss of the material.