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.

2018 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

2018 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 #
Pike7/24PMLogan Agri Srv., IncGriggsvilleTroy Kennedy217-833-2375
Morgan7/25AMPraireland FSJacksonvilleDick Stiltz217-243-6561
Cass7/25PMSunrise AgVirginiaMike Schone217-452-3936
Schuyler7/26AMPraireland FSRushvilleAaron Winner217-322-2024
Hancock7/26PMChem-GroBowenTodd Nelson217-842-5514
McDonough7/27AMCPSBlandinsvilleTravis Weaver309-652-3694
Mercer7/30PMCPSViolaTodd Bennett309-596-2102
Carroll7/31PMCarroll Service CoMilledgevilleDave Folk815-225-7101
Stephenson8/1AMPearl City ElevatorDakotaMark Wells815-449-2254
Winnebago8/1PMConserv FSRockfordJeff Baxter815-963-7669
McHenry8/2AMConserv FSMarengoScott Creek815-568-7211
DeKalb8/2PMHelena Chemical Co..KirklandDan Moore815-522-3251
LaSalle8/3AMGrainco FSLostantJosh Scott815-368-3215
Kane8/3AMCHS Inc.Maple ParkChris Ledbetter630-365-5027
Marshall8/6PMHelena Chemical Co.TolucaMax Kocher815-452-2377
Peoria8/7AMAgland FSHanna CityMark Alvey309-565-4315
Logan8/7PMAgland FSLincolnBrad Schleder217-732-3113
Tazewell8/8AMDCM Crop CareDeer CreekDave Howard309-613-0934
Livingston8/8PMCPSSauneminSteve Schaffer815-832-4491
Kankakee8/9AMChebanse AgChebanseDean Schafer815-697-2392
Iroquois8/9PMCPSOnargaTodd Miller815-268-4428
Champaign8/10AMUnited PrairieTolonoBen Rawlins217-485-6000
Effingham8/13PMEffingham EquityMontroseRodney Schultz217-342-3123
White8/14PMBrown's Feed & ChemicalCarmiGreg Brown618-384-9518
Washington8/20PMIrvington ElevatorIrvingtonSteve Seidel618-249-6206
Randolph8/21***Bockhorn AgSpartaLeslie Bockhorn618-443-3905
Monroe8/21PMGateway FSWaterlooJerry Roosevelt618-282-4000
Clinton8/22***CPSNew BadenJeff Haas618-588-3525
Fayette8/23AMWoolsey BrothersVandaliaRandy Goodman618-283-1263
Christian8/23PMEffingham EquityPanaRodney Schultz217-342-3123
Macoupin8/24AMM & M ServiceGirardDwayne Krager217-627-2151

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.