Last updated Feb. 24, 2017

Pesticide Container Recycling in Missouri

Nearly all plastic pesticide containers can be recycled provided they meet certain requirements. First, empty pesticide containers must be triple- or pressure-rinsed to ensure the containers are free from product. Rinsate should be placed into the spray tank where it can be used to dilute like product for future spraying. After rinsing, the lid should be removed and a slit cut into the container. This allows the collection/disposal company to easily verify the container is empty and also prevents future re-use of the container. 

Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) is an industry-funded, not-for-profit organization that safely collects and recycles agricultural crop protection, animal health and specialty pest control product containers (jugs and drums) throughout the United States. Contractors hired by ACRC carry out the actual collection and processing of containers. Currently, G. Phillips and Sons, LLC is the contractor for the ACRC in Missouri. If you have 1,500 pounds or more of rinsed jugs/drums G. Phillips and Sons, LLC can pick them up free of charge at your farm or business.   

If you are a crop grower or applicator and have less than 1,500 pounds of pesticide containers to dispose of at any one time, contact your local ag dealer. Also, your pesticide supplier or local agriculture supply store may participate in ACRC's recycling program, providing a place to drop off small amounts of pesticide containers.

If you have any questions about how the G. Phillips and Sons, LLC - ACRC Recycling Program works or if you are a pesticide dealer/applicator or other business interested in setting up a container collection drop off at your site, please contact G. Phillips and Sons, LLC at 678-232-6047. 

For additional companies that recycle larger plastic pesticide containers, please visit the Pesticide Stewardship Alliance’s website at tpsalliance.org/ to find contact information for recycling companies in Missouri.

How to Prepare Your Plastic for Recycling
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Pesticide Container Disposal

Pesticide containers may be disposed of as regular solid waste in the trash. However, before placing in the trash make sure to triple- and pressure-rinse the inside of the container. Rinsate should be placed into a spray tank where it can be used to dilute like product for future spraying. After rinsing, the cap should be removed and a slit cut into the container. This allows the collection/disposal company to easily verify the container is empty and also prevents future re-use of the container.

Under no circumstances should pesticide containers be burned.  Missouri law prohibits the burning of pesticide containers, even on your own property. Pesticide containers can release harmful residue when burned, even if the container has been properly rinsed.