2011 Empty Pesticide Container Collections begin in mid-July
Contact your ag chemical dealership or Container Services Network (CSN) to find out when and where you can bring your triple rinsed empty pesticide containers for recycling. CSN: Phone 866-225-6629 or sdemars@ContainerServicesNetwork.com
Any pesticide user can participate including farmers, custom, aerial and structural applicators, lawn care professionals, greenhouse/nursery operations, right of way operators and other government pest control units.
Pesticide containers that are made of High Density Polyethylene Extruded (HDPE) are recyclable. Look on the bottom of the container for the imprint HDPE.
Smaller pesticide containers five (5) gallons or less are inspected and placed in a large plastic bag. These bags hold approximately fifty (50) two and half gallon size pesticide containers. Bags are supplied by the recycler.
There is no cost to recycle pesticide containers 55 gallons or less in size. Containers must be triple rinsed and delivered to any participating agricultural chemical dealer or another collection site in Minnesota.
Mini-bulks that no longer meet the U.S. EPA Container/Containment Rule (PDF)EXT can no longer be refilled after August 16, 2011. Mini bulks, totes, asset tanks and IBC pesticide containers can be recycled through the Pesticide Container Recycling program. There is a charge for recycling mini-bulks containers with the exception of caged IBCs. These charges range from $30 to $40 per container. Charges are listed on the CSN Pick-Up Request-IBCs Form (PDF)EXT that must be completed before shipment is made. Mini-bulk recycling is also offered by other services. See following chart for additional recycling options including mini-bulks.
Note: Always inquire as to any charges that may be imposed. Anything less than minimum volumes may hold a freight charge. Be especially aware of this when requesting pickup of mini-bulk containers. As fuel prices increase, recycling contractors may find it necessary to add transportation charge if the number of containers to be recycled is low. Consider consolidating containers with other facilities in your area.
For more information: Contact Gary Glickman at Container Services NetworkEXT, phone: 866 225-6629.
* Ag Container Recycling Council
** All plastic will be ground up to ensure that 100% of the container liability is eliminated. All of the plastic will be processed in accordance with the ANSI/ASABE S596 Recycling Plastic Containers from Pesticides and Pesticide-Related Products Standard.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org