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 210,000 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.
Please call contact person before disposing of pesticide plastic containers at any site!
For information about each individual site click on orange dot.
Montana Department of Agriculture
605 2nd Ave S, Room 204A
Glasgow, MT 59230
Phone: (406) 228-9512
Fax: (406) 444-9590
Published: April 22, 2011 10:38:00 AM MDT.
Last Modified: April 26, 2013 2:59:56 PM MDT