Farmers and industry are committed to protecting the environment, and this includes managing their agricultural waste in an environmentally sustainable way. There are programs in place to manage empty pesticide containers and surplus pesticides.
One of the primary sources of information and support for pesticide container recycling in Canada is CleanFARMS. CleanFARMS is a voluntary, industry-led program that resulted in the return of 83 million empty crop protection product containers as of 2009 – one of the most successful industry-led recycling programs in the world. DuPont is proud to be a member of CleanFARMS.
What you can do: Triple-rinse empty containers
You need to do some preparation work before recycling pesticide containers. After emptying, triple-rinse your plastic pesticide containers (up to 23 L). Remove the cap and booklet from the container. Visit cleanfarms.ca to find the nearest container collection depot or call your local dealer for more information. Your local dealer can also tell you how to dispose of containers greater than 23L.
PrecisionPac® herbicides – small pouches and reduced waste
To reduce the use of plastic jugs, use DuPont™ PrecisionPac® herbicides. They are completely customized to match the exact size of the field to be sprayed or your sprayer tank size. That means you can purchase the exact amount of herbicide that you need, so there’s no excess product to handle.
Surplus spray mix best practices
According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, if you do have surplus spray mix, dilute the remaining spray mix by adding 10 parts of water for each 1 part of spray mix. This solution can be applied to the original treated area as long as you do not exceed the pesticide rate recommended on the label. Be sure to check the label for any restrictions about crop rotation, days to harvest or surplus spray mix disposal.
Never re-spray the treated field with undiluted spray mix. Spraying an area twice will double the recommended pesticide rate.
Disposal of excess pesticides
Be sure to safely dispose of pesticides. You can try and return the product to the original supplier if it is unopened. Obsolete, unwanted or unused pesticides are also collected by CleanFARMS during specific campaigns. Please visit www.cleanfarms.ca for more information.