Pesticide Containers

ABOUT CLEANFARMS

CleanFARMS is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. Our programs manage agricultural plastic and other inorganic waste from farms across Canada and have earned a reputation of excellence around the world.

CleanFARMS is best known for its empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program, which has collected over 100 million empty containers nation-wide since the program began in 1989.

HOW DO I RECYCLE PESTICIDE CONTAINERS

Farmers are asked to follow these three steps:

1. Rinse

All containers should be triple rinsed or pressure rinsed before they are brought in for recycling to make sure the container is clean prior to entering the recycling process.

To help clean the container, farmers can use a device called a chemical handler that pierces the bottom of the container and sends pressurized water up into the container to rinse the inside thoroughly. This device not only makes sure the container is clean but it also allows farmers to put any excess product back into their spray tanks.

2. Remove

The cap and booklet should be removed. The glued-on label can stay on the container. The paper booklet cannot be recycled through the same recycling process as the containers and the cap must be removed because it is made of a different type of plastic.

Metal handles commonly found on fertilizer pails should be removed.

3. Return

Farmers should return their containers to the closest drop-off location to be recycled.

GQA: GREEN QUESTIONS ANSWERED (FAQS)

What happens to the containers after they are returned?

Most containers are made out of high density polyethylene (HDPE), a valuable plastic that can be recaptured and reclaimed.

After collection, the plastic from the containers is cleaned, shredded and then pelletized and turned into farm drainage tile, which is frequently used back on the farm.

What types of pesticide containers are captured by this program? Which ones aren’t?

The program primarily targets containers that contained commercial pesticides, pesticides used in the agricultural, horticultural, structural and golf course industries. Most containers are less than 23 litres in size; 10 litre containers are the most common.

The following types of pesticide containers are excluded from the program:

  • Containers that contained domestic pesticides and that are usually used by homeowners.
  • Containers that are greater than 23 litres in size – These containers are sometimes called drums/totes and are typically managed by the manufacturer.

What types of fertilizer containers are captured by this program? Which ones aren’t?

The program primarily targets containers that contained commercial liquid fertilizers. This includes micronutrients, supplements and low analysis farm fertilizer.

The following types of fertilizer containers are excluded from the program:

  • Containers that contained granular fertilizer.
  • Containers that contained liquid fertilizer used by homeowners.
  • Containers that are greater than 23 litres in size – These containers are sometimes called drums/totes and are typically managed by the manufacturer.

How is the program funded?

The program is funded by the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pesticides and fertilizers.

What other programs does CleanFARMS offer?

CleanFARMS offers programs to manage a variety of agricultural wastes including:

  • Obsolete pesticides
  • Obsolete equine/livestock medications
  • Empty seed bags
  • Empty pesticide bags

Visit www.cleanfarms.ca or call 1-877-622-4460 to find out what is available in your area.

 

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