Recycling program opens next month for pesticide containers

May 09, 2006

ANNAPOLIS - For 13 years, a pesticide container recycling program offered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture has helped prevent pesticide residues from entering the soil and local waterways.

In all, the agency said, the effort has saved landfill space by recycling more than 450,000 empty, plastic pesticide containers.

The program will open its 14th year of operation in June, asking farmers, pesticide applicators and others to properly rinse and recycle their empty pesticide containers.

In Western Maryland, the collection sites and dates are:

Martin's Elevator, 13219 Maugansville Road - From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 5, July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 11

Frederick County Landfill, 9031 Reich's Ford Road - From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26, July 24, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25.


The program "is a win-win situation for everyone, offering producers and others a free way to dispose of pesticide containers, protecting the environment from possible contamination, and providing a source of recycled material for vendors," said Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley.

"As the word has spread about the benefits of the program, participation has consistently increased."

Participation is free and open to all agricultural producers and pesticide applicators, Riley said.

The Agricultural Container Recycling Council provides a chipper to grind the plastic containers into flakes, which are then taken to a contractor for recycling.

Containers collected in Maryland have yielded more than 180 tons of recyclable plastic flakes.

The program is a combined effort between state, county and federal agencies, as well as private industry, MDA said. Among those MDA listed as helping are the Frederick County Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Martin's Elevator and Willard Agri Service Inc.

For more information, or to schedule a chipping date at your site, contact Rob Hofstetter, special programs coordinator, Pesticide Regulation Section, Maryland Department of Agriculture at 1-410-841-5710 or

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