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Atlantic County Offers Free Recycling Program for Pesticide Containers

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) has partnered with Helena Chemical, of Hammonton, NJ, and the NJ Department of Agriculture (NJDA), to promote a free program to recycle plastic pesticide containers for all NJ Department of Environmental Protection licensed pesticide holders.  This program was expanded last year and with the addition of Atlantic, Cumberland and Salem Counties, the participation level increased more than 275 percent from the previous year. 

Two remaining dates will be offered in 2009: Thursday, September 3, and Friday, October 2.

Collection times are 9 am to 3 pm at Helena Chemical, 66 Route 206, in Hammonton.

This program is offered to agricultural, professional and commercial pesticide applicators, along with Helena Chemical customers who hold NJDEP pesticide licenses. State, county and municipal government agencies may also participate.  Pesticide license holders who follow the program requirements can receive one core credit annually for participation in the recycling event. “We’re very excited to be involved with this program again, and to be able to offer our customers an option to safely return containers to the point of purchase,” said Helena Chemical’s Mike Sacco.

Helena Chemical will accept non-refillable, high-density polyethylene #2 (HDPE) containers that are no larger than 55 gallons and that have been triple rinsed.  Containers must be dry.  To insure that the container will not hold liquids, participants must either cut a 6-inch slit in the bottom, or drill a ¼ inch hole in the bottom of the container.  Lids and foil seals must be removed.  Containers that are 30 gallon size must be cut up into 4 pieces.  55 gallon containers must be cut up into 8 pieces.  Flattened non-waxy cardboard will also be accepted during this collection program, since most of these products are sold in cardboard boxes.    Cardboard will be accepted every Friday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

 Helena Chemical will not accept containers if they have held any type of petroleum product or antifreeze.  Pesticide containers with any liquid or dried residue will not be accepted.  Mini-bulk, saddle tanks or nurse tanks which may be made of fiberglass will not be accepted. Karen Kritz, Recycling Program Manager from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will be on-site at each collection to insure containers are prepared properly and to issue one core credit to those who qualify.

For more information contact the following: Karen Kritz, NJDA Recycling Program Manager, 609-984-2506, Mike Sacco of Helena Chemical, 609-567-9207 or Ron Berenato of ACUA 609-272-6950 or visit

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