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.
Program Brochure (2016)
For additional information, contact a participating County Weed District or the Montana Department of Agriculture (see Contacts on this page).
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 CLofing@mt.gov) 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 CLofing@mt.gov