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Pesticide Container Recycling

Published on: 3/20/2014 7:43 AM
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Agricultural Container Recycling Program 

The Santa Clara County Department of Agriculture and Environmental Management is pleased to announce the establishment of a free recycling program for empty pesticide containers.  The program accepts rinsed containers for recycling at the San Martin Hazardous Waste Recycling Facility located at 13055 Murphy Avenue in San Martin.

Containers will be accepted on the first Friday (8:30 am - 11 am) and first Saturday (9 am – 1 pm) of every month.  Qualifying containers are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and held EPA-registered pesticides, including adjuvants and surfactants.  Containers must be empty, triple-rinsed, and dry with caps, label books, and plastic sleeves removed.  The program will also accept 5-gallon buckets and lids, and 35-gallon, or 55-gallon plastic barrels which have been properly prepared. 

Empty containers are safely granulated and recycled into a range of industrial applications, including fence posts and plastic pallets.  The company that will be grinding our plastic is Interstate Ag Plastics.  Below is a link to their website where you can see examples of acceptable plastic containers.

To participate in the Agricultural Container Recycling Program, please contact Nancy Barrera at (408) 201-0646.