Recycling empty pesticide containers helps protect Michigan's groundwater and reduces the amount of waste in landfills. Previously used disposal methods like burning or burying the plastic are risky and cause damage to groundwater and land.
To facilitate recycling of pesticide containers, Michigan adopted the Pesticide Container Recycling Program which is coordinated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environmental Stewardship Division. The program is a partnership between the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, the Michigan Agri-Business Association, the Ag Container Recycling Council, agri-chemical dealers and pesticide users across Michigan.Growers can use the program to easily return used, properly cleaned plastic containers for recycling. The program accepts all pesticide containers up to 56 gallons. Just follow these three steps:
The recycled containers are ground up and used to make new products including speed bumps and new pesticide drums.For more information, including scheduled pick-ups or becoming a collection site, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship Division at (517) 241-3933 or visit www.michigan.gov/pesticidecontainerrecycling.