Pesticide container disposal is offered to agricultural, professional, and commercial pesticide applicators who hold a NJDEP pesticide license. One core credit will be given to pesticide license holders who follow required processing steps and bring their license with them at time of collection. The program accepts non-refillable, high-density polyethylene #2 (HDPE) containers that are no larger than 55 gallons and that have been triple rinsed and prepared per the New Jersey Pesticide Container Collection Program Guide. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture will be on-site at each collection to insure containers are prepared properly and to issue one core credit to those who qualify. For more details on recycling requirements, scheduling, and locations, see the NJDA Agricultural Recycling Programs webpage. Contact NJDA Recycling Manager Tim Fekete at (609) 913-6491 for questions.
NJDA Plastic Pesticide Container Processing Steps and Size Limits
- All pesticide containers must be either triple rinsed or pressure rinsed, drained and dry inside;
- All pesticide containers must be free of residue (other than stains);
- The booklet must be removed (it is not necessary to remove the paper labels glued to the container);
- Foil seal must be removed;
- Only non-refillable pesticide containers will be accepted – you must drill a ¼-inch hole in the bottom of the container or with a utility knife make a 6-inch slit in the bottom of the container so the container will not hold liquids;
- Only pesticide containers embossed with HDPE or the recycling #2 will be accepted;
- Pesticide containers up to 55-gallons in capacity will be accepted. 5-gallon pales must be cut in half; 30-gallon containers into at least 4 pieces; and 55-gallon containers into at least 8 pieces. This can be accomplished using a sawszall, chainsaw, circular saw, or reciprocating saw. It is not necessary to cut up containers less than 5-gallons; and
- Pesticide containers must have originally held an EPA registered pesticide.
Items that Will Not Be Accepted and Will Be Returned to the Participant
- Pesticide containers with dried formulation on the container, pour spout or the spout threads;
- Pesticide containers with any liquid residue;
- Pesticide containers where the insides are caked with dried residue;
- Mini-bulk, saddle tanks and nurse tanks, which can be made of fiberglass;
- Pesticide containers with lids; or
- Containers that held any type of petroleum oil product or antifreeze.
View the 2023 Plastic Pesticide Container Collection Schedule. Dates and locations that NJDA has confirmed they will be onsite for CORE credit award are listed below. These events are listed on NJDEP Dataminer as approved for one CORE credit.
- Atlantic County – 9/15, 10/13
66 Route 206 (North of the Route 30/206 intersection). Hammonton, New Jersey
Mapquest to 67 Middle Road.
For more information, contact the following: NJDA Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, 609-913-6490; or Helena Chemical, (609) 567-9207.
- Monmouth County – 8/25, 9/29, 10/27
Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center
283 Route 539
Cream Ridge, NJ 08514-9634
For more information, contact the following: NJDA Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, (609) 913-6490; Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cream Ridge onsite at 609-758-7311; or Allied Recycling at 609-832-2208.
- Salem County – 8/18, 9/22, 10/20
440 N. Main St. Woodstown, New Jersey
For more information, contact the following: NJDA Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, 609-913-6490; Helena Chemical, 856-769-0147; or the Salem County Utility Authority, 856-935-7900.
- Atlantic County – 9/15, 10/13