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Illinois Department of Agriculture Introduces Free Agrichemical Container Recycling Program
Illinois Ag Connection - 05/29/2023

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is urging farmers and agrichemical facilities to participate in a new recycling program aimed at agrichemical container disposal. Starting in July and running through August, designated collection sites across the state will accept containers that will be recycled to produce shipping pallets.

IDOA Director Jerry Costello II highlighted the program's benefits, stating that it provides a convenient opportunity for farmers and agrichemical facilities to demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship. However, it's important to note that metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program. Only clean and dry high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic agrichemical containers will be accepted.

Participants must ensure that containers are rinsed thoroughly and free from caps, valves, metal, labels, booklets, and foil seals. Plastic drums should have their tops and bottoms removed, with the side of the drum cut from top to bottom. For Mini-Bulk and Intermediate Bulk containers, specific preparations are necessary, such as cutting them into separate pieces and discarding fittings.

G. Phillips and Sons, L.L.C. will offer collection services throughout the year for Mini-Bulk and Intermediate Bulk containers. For further information about their container collection service, interested parties can contact G. Phillips and Sons, L.L.C. directly.

The program is a collaborative effort involving the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, G. Phillips and Sons, L.L.C., Illinois Farm Bureau, and University of Illinois Extension.

To obtain a free brochure detailing the program, individuals can call the IDOA toll-free at 1-800-641-3934. The program's collection sites and dates for the 2023 Pesticide Container Recycling Program are provided, including permanent and single-day collection sites throughout various counties.

By actively participating in this recycling initiative, farmers and agrichemical facilities can contribute to sustainable agricultural practices and the protection of the environment. The program's success relies on continued cooperation and participation from all stakeholders involved in the agricultural community.

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