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The department’s Pesticide Collection Program provides free collection events for farmers and households throughout the state of Missouri to properly dispose of unwanted waste pesticides. From 2012 to 2016, the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program has conducted 32 events, collecting more than 252,800 pounds of waste pesticide from 924 participants.  In 2017, the department will again provide Missouri residents with a convenient, free opportunity to properly dispose of pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides and fungicides.

2016 Completed Collection Event Totals

  • Portageville event on March 12 collected 32,659 pounds of waste pesticide from 22 participants
  • Poplar Bluff event on March 26 collected 17,674 pounds of waste pesticide from 28 participants
  • Fairfax event on April 9 collected 3,389 pounds of waste pesticide from 13 participants
  • Canton event on May 21 collected 4,450 pounds of waste pesticide from 31 participants
  • Montgomery City event on June 4 collected 4,274 pounds of waste pesticide from 21 participants
  • Bolivar event on June 25 collected 2,161 pounds of waste pesticide from 45 participants

2015 Completed Collection Event Totals

  • Portageville event on May 30 collected approx. 29,700 pounds of pesticide with 37 participants
  • Mt. Vernon event on June 20 collected approx. 2,300 pounds of pesticide with 22 participants
  • Higginsville event on July 18 collected approx. 11,750 pounds of pesticide with 32 participants
  • Owensville event on August 15 collected approx. 1,800 pounds of pesticide with 15 participants
  • Kirksville event on September 19 collected approx. 3,600 pounds of pesticide with 38 participants


What is accepted?

  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Fertilizers containing herbicides or pesticides
  • De-wormers and fly-tags

What is NOT accepted?

  • Paint
  • Explosives
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Cylinders
  • Asbestos
  • Trash
  • Yard Waste
  • Electronics
  • Pesticides from businesses, pesticide production facilities, pesticide distributors or pesticide retailers


Missouri Pesticide Collection Program Brochure (PUB 2603)

Standard Operating Procedures for Waste Pesticide Collection Programs in Missouri Under the Universal Waste Rule (PUB 2637)

Recommendations for safe transport

All materials collected were managed as pesticide and herbicide waste and were field characterized, sampled (if necessary), segregated and placed into proper Department of Transportation shipping containers with approved labels and markings. The waste was transported and managed at an approved licensed disposal facility. Any materials brought to the collection events that were not clearly identifiable as pesticides or herbicides were not accepted.

Photos from events

Collection services will be overseen by the department’s Environmental Services Program and Hazardous Waste Program staff. For more information or questions on the pesticide collection program, contact C.J. Plassmeyer at 573-751-0616.