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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS

Illinois farmers soon will have a cheap and convenient opportunity to dispose of their empty agrichemical containers.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has arranged to offer a free pesticide container recycling program this summer.  Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and grind them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program.  Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry.  Participants are responsible for rinsing them and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals. 

The program is a cooperative venture between the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension.

To obtain a free program brochure, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture toll free at 1-800-641-3934.

A permanent collection site is located in Monmouth at the Maple City Area Recycling facility. Call Kevin Lovdahl at 309-734-8423 for more information.

 

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