Agrichemical Container Recycling Program

The Department annually cooperates with various segments of the agrichemical industry to operate a plastic pesticide container-recycling program. Single-day collection sites at agrichemical facilities are scheduled near the end of the application season. Pesticide users can bring containers for granulation and shipment to a national contractor that utilizes the plastic for the manufacture of other agrichemical-related products. In addition, the Department has established permanent collection sites that are open throughout the year for the collection and granulation of plastic containers. Over 1.6 million pounds of plastic have been collected since the program started more than 20 years ago.

2019 Agrichemical Container Recycling Schedule

Permanent Collection Sites

Permanent sites in Illinois are able to accept containers throughout the year. Before dropping off containers, please call to ensure the facility will be open.

CountyLocationCityContactPhone #
GreeneCHS Inc.CarrolltonBryan McMurtrie 217-942-6991
LawrenceKlein Flying ServiceLawrencevilleRobert Klein 618-884-1040

2019 Single Day Collection Sites

AM indicates collection site hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
PM indicates collection site hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
*** indicates collection site hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CountyDateTimeHost FacilityCityContactPhone #
Morgan8/16AMPrairieland FSJacksonvilleDick Stiltz217-243-6261
Cass8/19PMSunrise FSVirginiaMike Schone217-452-3936
Hancock8/20AMChem-Gro, Inc.BowenTodd Nelson217-842-5514
Schuyler8/20PMPrairieland FSRushvilleAaron Winner217-322-2024
McDonough8/21AMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.BlandinsvilleTravis Weaver309-652-3694
Mercer8/21PMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.ViolaTodd Bennett309-596-2102
Carroll8/22PMCarroll Service Co.MilledgevilleDave Folk815-225-7101
Stephenson8/23AMPearl City ElevatorDakotaMark Wells815-449-2254
Winnebago8/26PMConserv FSRockfordJeff Baxter815-963-7669
McHenry8/27AMConserv FSMarengoScott Creek815-568-7211
DeKalb8/27PMHelena Chemical Co.KirklandDan Moore815-522-3251
LaSalle8/28AMGrainco FSLostantJosh Scott815-368-3215
Kane8/28PMCHS Inc.Maple ParkDave Kleckner630-365-5027
Marshall8/29AMHelena ChemicalTolucaTyler Perry815-452-2377
Peoria8/29PMAg-Land FSHanna CityMark Alvey309-565-4315
Logan8/30PMAg-Land FSLincolnBrad Schleder217-732-3113
Tazewell9/3AMEarlybird Feed & Fert.Deer CreekDave Howard309-613-0934
Livingston9/3PMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.SauneminSteve Schaffer815-832-4491
Kankakee9/4AMChebanse AgChebanseDean Schafer815-697-2392
Iroquois9/4PMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.OnargaTodd Miller815-268-4428
Champaign9/5AMUnited PrairieTolonoBen Rawlins217-485-6000
Effingham9/5PMEffingham EquityMontroseAndy Meinhart217-342-3123
White9/6AMBrown's Feed & ChemicalCarmiGreg Brown618-384-9518
Washington9/9PMIrvington ElevatorIrvingtonSteve Seidel618-249-6206
Randolph9/10***Bockhorn AgSpartaJustin Bockhorn618-443-3905
Monroe9/10PMGateway FSWaterlooJerry Roosevelt618-282-4000
Clinton9/11***Nutrien Ag Sol., Inc.New BadenJeff Haas618-588-3525
Fayette9/12AMWoolsey BrothersVandaliaRandy Goodman618-283-1263
Christian9/12PMEffingham EquityPanaAndy Meinhart217-342-3123
Macoupin9/13AMM & M ServiceGirardAndy Williamson217-627-2151

For more information about the program, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture at <a class=">1.800.641.3934 (voice and TDD).

 

Sponsors

The Illinois Department of Agriculture sponsors the program in conjunction with the Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, the Farm Bureau, and the U of I Extension Service

How do I prepare my pesticide containers for recycling?

Rinsing right after use is the best way to ensure a clean container. Depending on what system fits your operation, you can either triple rinse or pressure rinse your containers. Your local agricultural chemical dealer can give you more information about pressurized rinse systems.

 

  • Triple Rinsing

 

    1. Fill the empty container about 20% full with water.
    2. Replace cap securely and shake the contents to rinse all inside surfaces.
    3. Pour rinse water into spray tank and drain for at least 30 seconds.
    4. Repeat steps 1-3 twice more until container is clean.
    5. Inspect the container (inside and out) for formulation residues. Repeat as needed.

 

  • Pressure Rinsing

 

    1. Use a special nozzle attached to a water hose.
    2. Hold the container upside down over the spray tank with the cap removed. Puncture side of container with the pointed nozzle.
    3. Pressurized water cleans the inside surfaces while the rinsate flows into the spray tank.
    4. Rinse for 30 seconds or longer while rotating the nozzle to rinse all surfaces.
    5. Inspect the container (inside and out) for formulation residues. Repeat as needed.

Inspection Checklist for Recycling Plastic Pesticide Containers:

Protection: Always wear protective clothing while rinsing containers.

  • ​Empty: Completely empty the pesticide container.

  • Clean: Triple rinse or pressure rinse the container immediately after use to prevent drying/ caking of formulation residues.

  • Inspect: Inspect the container inside and around the spout threads to ensure that it is free of formulation residues. Clean, but stained (e.g., due to Treflan) containers are acceptable.

  • Remove: Discard the cap, foil seal, and label from the container since they will not be accepted for recycling.

  • Puncture: Render the container unusable by puncturing it.

  • Type: Only containers made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) #2 plastic are acceptable for recycling.

  • Keep Container Dry: The recycler will not accept a container with liquid in it - keep containers out of the rain.