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Pesticide Plastic Container Recycling Program

Technician processing plastic containers

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 located in the navigation to the left.  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. Thirty- 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.


The program, established with help from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, collected approximately 288,000 lbs. of pesticide container since the beginning of the program in Oct. 2009.  Shredded plastic from pesticide containers is recycled to create non-consumer items such as drain tile, roadway speed bumps, pallets and landscape edging.


For additional information, contact a participating county weed district or the Montana Department of Agriculture, see Contacts below.


Collection Sites

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


For information about each individual site click on orange dot.

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

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

E-mail: clofing@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9590

Cam Lay
State Entomologist
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3790
E-mail: clay2@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Published: Fri Apr 22 10:38:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Tue Jul 08 09:53:44 MDT 2014