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.

2020 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

2020 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 10 a.m.

CountyDateTimeHost FacilityCityContactPhone #
Hancock7/23AMChem-Gro, Inc.BowenTodd Nelson217-842-5514
Schuyler7/23PMPrairieland FSRushvilleAaron Winner217-322-2024
McDonough7/24AMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.BlandinsvilleTravis Weaver309-652-3694
Carroll7/27PMCarroll Service Co.MilledgevilleRiley Warnken815-225-7101
Morgan7/28AMPrairieland FSJacksonvilleDick Stiltz217-243-6561
Cass7/28PMSunrise FSVirginiaMike Schone217-452-3936
Stephenson7/29AMPearl City ElevatorDakotaMark Wells815-449-2254
Winnebago7/29PMConserv FSRockfordGreg Swandahl815-963-7669
McHenry7/30AMConserv FSMarengoBrett Wolter815-568-7211
DeKalb7/30PMHelena Chemical Co.KirklandDan Moore815-522-3251
Kane7/31AMCHS Inc.Maple ParkDave Kleckner630-365-5027
Livingston8/3PMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.SauneminSteve Schaffer815-832-4491
LaSalle8/4AMGrainco FSLostantJosh Scott815-368-3215
Marshall8/4PMHelena ChemicalTolucaAshley Anderson815-452-2377
Kankakee8/5AMChebanse AgChebanseDean Schafer815-697-2392
Iroquois8/5PMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.OnargaTodd Miller815-268-4428
Peoria8/11AMAg-Land FSHanna CityMark Alvey309-565-4315
Tazewell8/11PMEarlybird Feed & Fert.Deer CreekDave Howard309-613-0934
Effingham8/12AMEffingham EquityMontroseAndy Meinhart217-342-3123
Champaign8/12PMUnited PrairieTolonoBen Rawlins217-485-6000
Fayette8/13AMWoolsey BrothersVandaliaRandy Goodman618-283-1263
Christian8/13PMEffingham EquityPanaAndy Meinhart217-342-3123
Macoupin8/14AMM & M ServiceGirardZane Rutherford217-627-2151
Clinton8/19AMNutrien Ag Sol., Inc.New BadenJeff Haas618-588-3525
Monroe8/19PMGateway FSWaterlooRyan Gonzalez618-282-4000
Randolph8/20***Bockhorn AgSpartaJustin Bockhorn618-443-3905
Washington8/20***Irvington ElevatorIrvingtonSteve Seidel618-249-6206
Wayne8/21AMWabash Valley Srv. Co.ElleryKent Ochs618-516-1697

For more information about the program, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture at    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.