Pesticide container recycling program available in Page

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~ Press release from the monthly newsletter of the Page County Farmers Association

A Pesticide Container Recycling Center is now available at the Battle Creek Landfill in Page County.

The Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program is a free service for any agricultural producer or pesticide dealer in Virginia. The program assists with the disposal of rinsed chemical containers through recycling.

Any farmer or pesticide dealer may take their containers to the Battle Creek Landfill during normal business hours for disposal. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Landfill operators will direct citizens to the container recycling receptacle.

The Frederick County landfill also hosts a station for pesticide container recycling. That program has been in place for well over a decade.

All pesticide containers must be properly rinsed, the caps removed and the label removed. Containers accepted for recycling must be No.2 HDPE plastic. This includes all pesticide containers, peticide adjuvants (products like spreader/stickers, etc.) and disinfectants. Containers must be empty, clean, uncapped, label free and dry.

The following is a list of the type of containers that should not be included with the pesticide containers — oil, detergent, antifreeze, fuel and miscellaneous buckets.

Virginia is part of a national program designed to reduce the amount of waste generated by disposable plastic pesticide containers. This service is a convenient, cost effective and environmentally friendly way to eliminate pesticide container buildup in landfills and on private property.

The containers are granulated into quarter-inch particle chips. The chips are then sent to reformulators and recycled into uses approved by the Agriculture Container Recycling Council. These include fence posts, plastic pallets, parking lot bumpers and shipping spacers.

This project is a collaborative effort between the Battle Creek Landfill, the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Agriculture. The Extension Service expressed thanks to the Page County Farmers Association for assistance with the program, and to Kontoor Brands for donating a semi-trailer.

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