Clear out those old pesticide containers and recycle them in a safe, sustainable manner.
Once again, the Illinois Department of Agriculture is offering a free pesticide container recycling program. Along with several permanent collection sites, IDOA will offer single-day collection sites throughout the summer.
Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and grind them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.
"This program is an excellent example of the care Illinois farmers are taking to protect our environment," Agriculture Director Bob Flider says. "Since its inception, more than two million agrichemical containers destined for landfills have been collected and recycled into useful products."
Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program. Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry. Participants are responsible for rinsing them and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.
The program is a cooperative venture between the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, Growmark, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension. To obtain a free program brochure, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture toll free at 1-800-641-3934.
The collection sites and dates for the 2013 Pesticide Container Recycling Program are as follows:
Permanent collection sites:
County Location City Contact Phone #
Greene Illinois Valley Supply Carrollton John Quandt 217-942-6991
Lawrence Klein Flying Service Lawrenceville Robert Klein 618-943-2189
McLean Randolph Ag Service Heyworth Brad Hamilton 309-473-3256
Warren Maple City Area Recycling Monmouth Kevin Lovdahl 309-734-8423