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31. Dispose of Rinsed Containers Safely

rinsing pesticide container

When pesticide containers have been properly rinsed, they are considered nonhazardous material. In most cases, you can dispose of them in a sanitary landfill. But not in all cases.

Some waste disposal operators will not accept pesticide containers because they don't want to take the risk that the containers weren't rinsed. To make your containers more acceptable, be sure they appear as clean as possible and puncture them on both ends.

emptying pesticide bag If your pesticide was contained in bags or boxes, open the containers at both ends so the landfill operator can see they are completely empty.
pesticides The threat to groundwater makes it illegal to bury pesticide containers or other pesticide wastes in some states, including Illinois.
burning trash In Illinois, farmers and private citizens can burn combustible, empty pesticide containers where the pesticide is used, as long as local ordinances permit and it is done at least 1,000 feet from residential property. The smoke must not cause visibility problems or obvious environmental problems. Commercial applicators cannot burn pesticide containers.
ways to avoid the disposal dilemma entirely Keep in mind that there are ways to avoid the disposal dilemma entirely: reusable containers, disposable packages that dissolve in the tank, and recycling.
recycling pesticide containers Illinois is among those states that have recycling programs for pesticide containers. As for reusable containers, they are usually only an option for applicators who use large volumes. These mini-bulk containers typically hold 15 gallons or more and can be refilled numerous times.
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