What is in this article?:
- Alabama program keeps pesticide containers from landfills
- Safe, environmentally friendly
• The 2010 Full Circle Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program collected and granulated a total of 266,246containers or approximately 268,642total pounds of properly-rinsed plastic pesticide containers at recycling sites throughout the state.
Safe, environmentally friendly
According to Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan, “The department is excited to be a part of this program that provides farmers and commercial applicators a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their used containers. We realize recycling saves valuable landfill space and protects the air from the unlawful practice of burning containers.”
How does the program work?
The Full Circle Program supports container collection programs statewide. Applicators bring their properly rinsed HDPE containers to collection sites where they are inspected and accepted free of charge. ACRC contractors grind the containers into flakes and ship this recovered resource to selected recycling facilities to make things like pallets and fence posts.
Are all containers acceptable?
Only non-refillable, HDPE plastic containers are accepted in the Full Circle Program. Home, garden, anti-microbial and veterinary products are not accepted. Containers up to and including 55 gallons are acceptable. All containers must be emptied, triple-rinsed or pressure-rinsed by he user, with the label and cap removed.
Who can participate in the program?
The Full Circle Program is designed exclusively for agricultural, professional, and commercial applicators of crop protection and other pesticide products. This program is not intended for recycling containers resulting from consumer household use. There are no fees of participating in the program and no payments are made for recycling containers.
How do I locate a collection site?
To find a collection site nearest you or to establish a site, contact:
• The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries at 1-800-642-7761.
• Visit the ACRC website at www.acrecycle.org.