Turf Tip - July 1, 2009

Recycling Used Pesticide containers

There is increasing interest among some golf courses and lawn care companies to recycle their plastic pesticide containers. Most pesticide labels contain the following instructions (or similar) regarding pesticide container disposal.

CONTAINER DISPOSAL
Nonrefillable Container. DO NOT reuse or refill this container.
Triple rinse or pressure rinse containers (or equivalent) promptly after emptying; then offer for recycling, if available, or reconditioning, if appropriate, or puncture and dispose of in a sanitary landfill, or by incineration, or by other procedures approved by state and local authorities.

Although recycling is an option, not all recycling centers will recycle used pesticide containers. Larry Cupp operates a pesticide container recycling business out of NorthEast Arkansas. He has a semi-truck trailer with a built-in shredder that he uses when he visits Little Rock, England, Keo, and Scott and other areas in central Arkansas.  

There are several different ways that you can recycle your containers with Larry’s help. You could drop them off at an area near your location, or you could store them at your location in large tote bags or similar until he can arrange to pick them up or until you accumulate a large volume for drop off. All that is required is that you triple rinse your containers and remove the lid and the label (book) instructions. For more information about recycling used pesticide containers, contact Larry at (870) 239-3013 (home) or at (870) 215-1325 (cell). He is willing to work with the Arkansas turf industry to help them with their container recycling needs.

Aaron Patton

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