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Department of Agriculture Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 10



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Department of Agriculture Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 10


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all agriculture producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection in 37 locations across the state from Monday, July 10 until Thursday, Sept. 7.


“Many solid waste facilities do not take pesticide containers because they do not have enough staff to ensure containers are properly prepared for disposal,” said SDDA Agricultural Services Division assistant director Tom Gere. “Recycling is the preferred way to dispose of them because containers are removed from the solid waste stream and the discarded materials can be reused.” (**Download Gere audio**)


Only two and a half gallon containers or smaller that previously contained crop protection products are accepted during these collection times. Larger containers will be collected at a later arranged date and time.” Labels must be removed and containers must be triple or pressure rinsed to remove contaminants. Containers are ground up and sent to a facility where the plastic is often used to make drain tiles, speed bumps, fence posts or for other agricultural uses.


“State law prohibits the burning of these plastic pesticide containers so taking advantage of the Pesticide Container Recycling Program is an easy option for disposal,” said Gere. “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.” (**Download Gere audio**)


SDDA provides the Pesticide Container Recycling Program at no cost. In 2016, SDDA collected 226,650 two and a half gallon containers, 740 drums and 1,173 of the large tanks.


For a full schedule of container pick up times and locations, please visit http://sdda.sd.gov. Find the 2017 pesticide container recycle dates under “Happening Now” on the right side of the page. For more information on these collections, please contact SDDA at 605-773-4432.


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