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Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 11





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2016
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

 

**This release contains a link to audio that can be downloaded.**


Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 11

 

PIERRE, S.D. –The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 11, through Thursday, Sept. 8, in 37 locations around the state.

 

”Recycling is the preferred way of disposing pesticide containers because containers are removed from the solid waste stream and the discarded materials can be reused,” said Tom Gere, SDDA agronomy services manager. “Many solid waste facilities do not take pesticide containers because they do not have enough staff to ensure containers are properly prepared for disposal. Recycling is a no cost option. Only 2.5 gallon containers or smaller that previously contained crop protection products are accepted during these collection times. Larger containers will be collected at later arranged date and time.” (**Download Gere audio**)

 

Labels must be removed and containers must be triple or pressure rinsed to remove contaminants.

 

If you are a large quantity generator of containers, or have no collections in your area, it may be possible to have SDDA staff come directly to your location and collect containers.

 

For a full schedule of container pick up times and locations, please visit http://sdda.sd.gov/ag-services/pesticide-program/pesticide-collection-program/ and click on “2016 Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Schedule.” For more information on these collections, please contact SDDA at 605.773.4432.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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