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Pesticide Containers Recycling Program

The Wisconsin Agri-Business Association supports and encourages recycling of agricultural plastic containers by providing its members with information about recycling services and opportunities, and by facilitating communication with industry recycling partners.

Whoever you use to recycle your containers, WABA encourages members to evaluate your pesticide recycling vendor to ensure the firm is addressing two major issues: 1) that the company has a system that tracks and documents the containers once they leave your facility and that the plastic is handled legally and safely including ultimate use restricted to end use products that tests have shown minimize any pesticide residue exposure to humans, and 2) that the company adheres to all ANSI/ASABE S596 Standards: Recycling Plastic Containers from Pesticides and Pesticide-Related Products.

The Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC - www.acrecycle.org) funds and administers used pesticide container recycling programs in the United States. The ACRC contractor for the Mid-West region is G. Phillips & Sons, LLC (GPS - www.gpsagrecycle.com).

G. Phillips & Sons, LLC (GPS) - www.gpsagrecycle.com – (248) 961-3360

EPA Refillable Container Requirements

U. S. EPA published the final Pesticide Container and Containment (PCC) Rule in August 2006. The Rule seeks to provide sound stewardship practices and national consistency for pesticide labeling, container design, repackaging and storage.

• Refiller/Container Inspection Questions
• Overview of the Pesticide Container and Containment Structure Regulations
• 2011 Monsanto Refillable Container Compliance Summary
• CLICK HERE to watch a video on "Inspecting Refillable Pesticide Containers"

In the past, the WABA, along with cooperation of Coop Networks, WASA, and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture hosted three regional training meetings on EPA's new rules which regulate refillable containers and repackaging requirements. The meetings were informative and well attended on all three days, and were sponsored by Ag Tank Tracker, BASF, Dow, FarmChem, Monsanto, Winfield, and Syngenta.

Preparation for Recycling

Proper Rinsing Is the Key!

The National Standard, ANSI/ASABE S596 requires that all pesticide containers be triple rinsed or pressure washed before they are recycled.

The first step before your containers (jugs and mini-bulks) can be accepted for recycling is to thoroughly rinse all residues from the containers immediately after use. Only dry, properly rinsed containers are accepted at collection sites.

Why is proper rinsing important? • It is required by law.
• It gives you full value for your product dollar.
• Properly rinsed containers are classified as clean, solid waste.

How do you make sure your containers are properly rinsed? First, read the product label. Then follow the procedures below for rinsing containers (jugs) and mini-bulks.

For Pressure Rinsing Containers (jugs)

    Pressure Rinsing Containers
  1. Empty contents of container into spray tank, turning the container so that any product trapped in the handle is allowed to flow out. Once flow is down to a drip, allow the container to drain for an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Immediately begin rinsing procedures or the product may become difficult to remove.
  3. Hold the container so the opening can drain into spray tank.
  4. Force tip of the pressure nozzle through the lower portion of the side closest to the handle.
  5. Connect nozzle to a clean water source of at least 40 psi. Turn the nozzle inside the cotainer to assure good coverage of all sides, including the handle.
  6. Rinse for at least 30 seconds.
  7. Rinse cap under water coming out of the mini-bulk and into the spray can and then dispose of cap appropriately as regular solid waste.
  8. Drain all rinse water into the spray tank.

For Triple Rinsing Containers (jugs)

  1. Empty contents of container into spray tank, turning the container so that any product trapped in the handle is allowed to flow out. Once flow is down to a drip, allow the container to drain for an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Immediately begin rinsing procedures or the product may become difficult to remove.
  3. Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water.
  4. Replace the cap on the container. With the container opening facing left, shake the container left to right over a distance of four to six inches. Shake the container about twice per second for 30 seconds.
  5. Drain rinse water into spray tank as previously described.
  6. Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water a second time.
  7. Recap the container. With the opening of the container pointed towards the ground, shake the container as described before. Then drain the rinse water into the spray tank.
  8. Finally, fill the empty container 1/4 full once more with clean water.
  9. Recap the container. With the container in the normal, upright position, shake the container as described before.
  10. Pour the rinse water into the spray tank. Carefully rinse and spray residue from the outside of the container.
  11. Carefully rinse cap over spray tank opening and then dispose of cap appropriately as regular solid waste.

Triple Rinsing Containers

Mini-bulks

First read the procedures for triple-rinsing containers as they contain important information. The following modified procedures for rinsing mini-bulks may require two people.

For Pressure Rinsing Mini-bulks

  • Be sure mini-bulk is completely empty.
  • Drill a pilot hole in the bottom of the mini-bulk and then position the mini-bulk opening over the spray tank so that rinsate will empty directly into the tank.
  • With the water turned off, use the pressure rinse nozzle to widen the hole in the bottom. Turn water on and rotate the nozzle inside the mini-bulk so as to rinse all sides.
  • Rinse mini-bulk for at least 30 seconds or until rinsate runs completely clear.
  • Rinse cap under water coming out of the mini-bulk and into the spray can and then dispose of appropriately as regular solid waste.
  • Turn water off and replace the tip guard on the nozzle.
  • Store mini-bulks under cover where they will be protected from rain.

For Triple Rinsing Mini-bulks

  • Empty mini-bulk to the lowest possible level.
  • Fill mini-bulk with water to 25% of capacity. Replace and tighten bungs.
  • Tip mini-bulk on to its side and roll it back and forth, ensuring at least one complete revolution, for 30 seconds.
  • Stand the mini-bulk on its end and tip it back and forth several times to rinse the corners.
  • Turn the mini-bulk over on to its other end and repeat this procedure.
  • Carefully empty the rinsate into the spray can.
  • Repeat this procedure two more times.
  • Carefully rinse cap over spray tank opening and then dispose of appropriately as regular solid waste.
  • Puncture the base of the mini-bulk with a drill so that it cannot be reused.
  • Store mini-bulks under cover where they will be protected from rain.