Opportunities to Recycle Plastic Pesticide Containers


HELENA, Mont. — Western Montana residents can help keep pesticide plastic out of landfills by delivering cleaned, empty pesticide containers to designated locations in Missoula and Ravalli Counties.


The Montana Department of Agriculture Pesticide Program has partnered with Allied Waste Services to place a permanent container at the Allied Waste Landfill Collection Site, 3737 Coal Mine Road, in Missoula, and with Bitterroot Disposal to schedule periodic collections of pesticide containers at the Victor Transfer Station, 2200 Meridian Road, south of Victor. Initial collections at the Victor site will be this Monday and Tuesday, August 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Only HDPE #2 pesticide container plastic can be accepted for recycling at this time, according to Sarah Holden, plant science specialist with the Agriculture Department in Missoula. Empty containers must be triple rinsed or power washed, with label booklets, lids and foil liners removed. Thirty- and 55-gallon containers should be cleaned and cut in six or eight pieces for processing in the portable shredder used by the department.


Shredded plastic from pesticide containers is used to create non-consumer items such as road speed bumps, pallets and landscape edging. A truck-mounted shredder operated by the department in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be at the Victor Transfer Station on Tuesday.


For more informationabout the collection program in Missoula and Ravalli Counties, contact Sarah Holden at 329-1346 or by email at




Carli Lofing
Montana Department of Agriculture
605 2nd Ave S, Room 204A

Glasgow, MT 59230
Phone: (406) 228-9512

Fax: (406) 228-9590


Published: August 26, 2010 4:44:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: September 14, 2011 4:03:26 PM MDT