This information was prepared by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to provide guidance to those persons who handle and store small package pesticide and fertilizer at their facilities. This guidance is intended to supplement - not replace - Federal and State laws and rules.
Proper management of pesticide containers (full and empty) requires forethought and planning. Removal of the product from the container does not end the need for special management of that container. The appropriate handling, rinsing, storage and disposal of empty pesticide containers can prevent future health, environmental and regulatory problems. These “Guidelines” are to assist pesticide users in developing a management plan for empty pesticide containers.
The best plan for managing empty pesticide containers is to triple or pressure rinse containers immediately after emptying. By rinsing containers immediately, you can:
Triple or pressure rinsed pesticide containers should be stored separate from the regular pesticide storage area (preferably indoors), and separate from unrinsed pesticide containers. Container storage locations should be managed so unrinsed containers are not placed with properly rinsed containers.
Minnesota Statutes 18B.135 requires a person distributing or selling pesticides must accept properly rinsed empty pesticide containers from the pesticide end user if no organized empty pesticide container-recycling program is available in the county.
Retailers must institute procedures to insure containers brought onto their premises for recycling are:
Dealers should establish a specific time of the year and specific days and hours to have personnel available to inspect rinsed pesticide containers prior to acceptance.
Disposal can only occur after containers are properly rinsed.
Do not recycle empty pesticide containers through a curbside or recycling center program for plastics.
Disposal options include:
Unrinsed pesticide containers found at an agricultural firm during a Minnesota Department of Agriculture pesticide facility inspection are the responsibility of the firm. Unrinsed pesticide containers that are not properly stored could result in enforcement action.
For detailed information contact your pesticide retailer or the MDA at 651-201-6136.