The plastic from recycled containers is used to make industry-approved products such as pallets, drain tile, underground utility conduit, landscape edging, and nursery pots. Instead of adding them to a landfill, consider recycling your containers this year.
Now in its 28th year, the pesticide container recycling program has 18 sites statewide where producers and commercial applicators can take used pesticide containers. In 2018 the program recycled almost 75,000 pounds of containers, diverting them from landfills.
Follow these steps to pressure- or triple-rinse pesticide containers before recycling. Nebraska's program accepts 1- and 2.5-gallon plastic ag pesticide or crop oil containers; in some locations, 15-, 30- or 55-gallon drums are accepted.
After applying ag chemicals to your field, rinse and recycle the plastic containers at one of 18 sites across the state. This is the 27th year for the Nebraska program, which in 2017 collected 89,000 pounds of containers.
Properly rinsing and recycling pesticide containers saves money, protects you and the environment, and meets federal and state regulations for pesticide use. Here's how to safely prep your containers for recycling.