What You Need to Know About Maryland’s Pesticide Container Recycling Program
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering the empty plastic pesticide container recycling program in 2013.
Maryland’s pesticide container recycling program is a combined effort of state, county, and federal agencies and private industry working together to protect the environment. Rinsing and recycling empty pesticide containers will help to reduce the potential for contamination of ground water and the Chesapeake Bay while saving valuable landfill space.
A schedule of local collection sites and dates is highlighted below. Other sites across Maryland are available on the MDA website. Triple-rinsed (or equivalent), clean, plastic, pesticide containers will be collected on the scheduled days and times at these sites. Containers acceptable for recycling will be chipped and transported by the contractor, under contract with the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) for processing at an approved recycling facility.
To ensure a successful program, each individual container will be inspected by MDA personnel and only triple-rinsed (or equivalent), clean, pesticide containers will be accepted. Any container that is not clean will be returned to the owner, who will be responsible for disposing of the container in a legal manner.
Additional information on the rinsing of empty pesticide containers and recycling program can be obtained from the following MDA publications: Rinsing & Recycling Empty Pesticide Containers, and Pesticide Information Sheet No. 7 – Pesticide Container Recycling Program. For further information, contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section at 410.841.5710 or visit their website at www.mda.maryland.gov.
Baltimore/Harford County – White Hall
The Mill of Black Horse; 4551 Norrisville Road: June 1 – September 30 (Call for hours 410.692.2200) *The Mill will only except containers from their current customers.
Harford County – Street
Scarboro Landfill; 3241 Scarboro Road: June 7, July 5, August 2 & September 6 (9am – 3pm)
**All containers must be cleaned (triple-rinsed or pressure-rinsed) according to label directions. Please remember to remove lids and label booklets from the containers prior to drop-off.
Pesticide Container Recycling – Inspection Checklist:
- All containers must be made from high density polyethylene (HDPE)
- Any size container will be accepted. All containers over 30 gallons must be cut prior to recycling (contact MDA for instructions)
- Pesticide containers must be properly rinsed (pressure-rinsed or triple-rinsed)
- Caps and other non-HDPE parts, such as metal handles and rubber linings, cannot be recycled
- Stained containers are acceptable provided no material can be smeared or removed when touched by a rubber
- Please remove lids and label booklets prior to recycling
This information was obtained via University of Maryland Extension.