The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will again host free agrichemical container recycling this summer throughout the state.

Starting in mid-July and continuing into August, specific sites will collect empty containers that will be recycled and made into shipping pallets, plastic lumber and other products.

“This program offers farmers and agrichemical facilities a convenient opportunity to dispose of empty pesticide containers while also helping to protect the environment,” Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II said in a statement.

Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, No. 2 plastic agrichemical containers that are clean and dry. Participants must rinse the containers and remove all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals. Metal and household pesticide containers will not be accepted.

Mini-bulk and intermediate bulk containers may be recycled through IDOA’s recycling program with the following preparations:

  • Mini bulk (cage) containers must be cut into separate top, bottom and sides, all fittings discarded (no metal, no wood) (six slabs of plastic).
  • Intermediate bulk containers must be cut in to 1-foot square pieces, all fittings discarded (no metal, no wood).

Details about the one-day collection sites are available online. Click on the “Environment” tab and then “Agrichemicals”. For a free program brochure, call IDOA at 800-641-3934.

In addition to the single-day locations, three permanent agrichemical collection site locations and contact information include:

  • Pike County, Griggsville, Logan Agri Sry Inc., Josh Schaver, 217-833-2375;
  • Lawrence County, Lawrenceville, Klein Flying Service, Robert Klein, 618-884-1040;
  • White County, Carmi, Klein Flying Service, Bri Klein, 812-890-8605.

In 2021, G. Phillips and Sons LLC began offering to pick up mini-bulk and intermediate bulk containers throughout the year. Feel free to contact the company at 678-232-6047 for more information about the collection service.

The recycling program is a cooperative venture by IDOA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, G. Phillips and Sons LLC, and the University of Illinois Extension.