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Pesticide Plastic Container Recycling Program


The Pesticide Container Recycling Program was created to keep pesticide container plastic out of Montana’s landfills. Emptied and cleaned plastic containers are stored at sites throughout Montana. A truck equipped with shredding equipment and poly transport bags visits the storage sites several times each summer to prepare the plastic for recycling.

Cooperators with public collection sites for rinsed containers can be found in the schedule below. Please check back as these will be updated periodically.

Only HDPE #2 pesticide container plastic can be accepted for the program. Empty containers must be triple rinsed or power washed, with label booklets, lids and foil liners removed. 30- and 55-gallon containers must be cleaned and cut in eight pieces for processing in the portable shredder used by the department. Shredded plastic is recycled into non-consumer items such field drain pipe, roadway speed bumps, pallets and landscape edging..

The program, established with help from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, collected approximately 391,000 pounds of pesticide container since the beginning of the program in October 2009.


Download the
Container Recycling
Program Brochure (2016)


For additional information, contact a participating County Weed District or the Montana Department of Agriculture (see Contacts on this page).

Collection Sites

Please call contact person before disposing of pesticide plastic containers at any site!

For information about each individual site, click on an orange dot on the map below.

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Container Recycling Schedule

Pesticide Container Recycling Program starts May 2017!

Start collecting pesticide containers now!

The website is updated regularly. Please check back periodically or call the Montana Department of Agriculture at 406-465-0531 (Carli Lofing, email with any questions.

The 2017 Season Schedule for the Montana Department of Agriculture Pesticide Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Truck will be posted here soon. For more information, contact program administrator Carli Lofing at 406-465-0531, email

Pesticide Waste Disposal News

House Bill 126 Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

New fees are effective now

House Bill 126  Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

The Governor has signed HB 126 which includes fee increases for pesticide program licenses and products, effective now. The department has begun to implement the fee changes and will continue to do so over the next several days.

MDA & USDA remind Montanans of Dangers of Invasive Pests

April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

MDA & USDA remind Montanans of Dangers of Invasive Pests

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are reminding Montanans about the dangers of invasive pests during the month of April, which has been designated as “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.” Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts.

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program: 2017 dates and locations

All licensed pesticide applicators within the district will receive information and pre-registration forms by mail in July

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program: 2017 dates and locations

In 2017, the waste pesticide disposal program will occur in District 1, the western third of Montana. Collections will be held the week of September 19-22.

Collection Schedule:

  • September 19, 2017 - Kalispell, MT
  • September 20, 2017 - Missoula, MT
  • September 21, 2017 - Helena, MT
  • September 22, 2017 - Dillon, MT

Read on for details.

Documents to download

Carli Lofing
Pesticide Disposal & Container Recycling Programs

Phone : (406) 465-0531
E-mail :
54 East Larslan Rd
Larslan, MT 59244


Pesticide Container Recycling Program Forms & Files

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