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Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling

Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling


This plastic pesticide container recycling program is offered to agricultural, professional and commercial pesticide applicators who hold a NJDEP pesticide license. State, county and municipal government agencies may also participate. A representative from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will be on-site to inspect the containers and issue one core credit to pesticide license holders who follow all of the required processing steps. To receive credit, participants must bring their pesticide license to the collection site and must follow all of the processing steps. Core credits will not be issued to participants who fail to follow all pesticide container processing steps.  DO NOT DROP OFF CONTAINERS UNLESS IT IS DURING THE SCHEDULED COLLECTION PROGRAM. 

LOCATION:         Helena Chemical
                                66 Route 206 (North of the Route 30/206 intersection)
                                Hammonton, New Jersey

TIME:                9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

DATES:              Friday October 1, 2010

Plastic Pesticide Container Processing Steps & Size Limits:

  1. All pesticide containers must be either triple rinsed or pressure rinsed, drained and dry inside;
  2. All pesticide containers must be free of residue (other than stains);
  3. The booklet must be removed (you DO NOT have to remove the paper labels glued to the container or the plastic sleeves);
  4. Foil seal must be removed;
  5. Only non-refillable pesticide containers will be accepted – you must drill a ¼-inch hole in the bottom of the container or with a utility knife make a 6-inch slit in the bottom of the container so the container will not hold liquids;
  6. Only pesticide containers embossed with HDPE or the recycling #2 will be accepted;
  7. Pesticide containers up to 55-gallons in capacity will be accepted. 5-gallon pales must be cut in half; 30-gallon containers into at least 4 pieces; and 55-gallon containers into at least 8 pieces. This can be accomplished using a sawszall, chainsaw, circular saw, or reciprocating saw. It is not necessary to cut up containers less than 5-gallons; and        
  1. Please tie containers together with string.


Items That Will Not Be Accepted and Will be Returned to the Recipient: 

  1. Pesticide containers with dried formulation on the container, pour spout or the spout threads;
  2. Pesticide containers with any liquid residue;
  3. Pesticide containers where the insides are caked with dried residue;
  4. Mini-bulk, saddle tanks and nurse tanks, which can be made of fiberglass;
  5. Pesticide containers with lids; or
  6. Containers that held any type of petroleum oil product or antifreeze.

Non-Waxy Cardboard Collection

Helena Chemical will also be accepting, at no charge, non-waxy cardboard since their products are sold to the end users in cardboard boxes. Every Friday during the months of April through October 2010 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m and during the scheduled pesticide container collection times, cardboard will be accepted.  Clean non-waxy cardboard must be broken down and flattened. The flattened cardboard must be tied for the Atlantic County collection site.

Other Rigid Plastic Recycling

Other clean non-petroleum containing HDPE plastic (crates, buckets, pales, etc.), may be recycled at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority in Egg Harbor Twp.

For additional information contact Karen Kritz, Recycling Manager, NJDA, 609-984-2506, or the ACUA at 609-272-6950 or

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