Illinois Department of Agriculture to Offer Free Recycling Program for Agrichemical Containers

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ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them.

Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and recycle them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

"This program offers farmers a convenient opportunity to dispose of empty pesticide containers and demonstrate their environmental stewardship," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "I would encourage them to gather any containers that they may have been planning to throw in the garbage and take them to the nearest collection site."

Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program. Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry. Participants are responsible for rinsing them and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.

The program is a cooperative venture between the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension.

To obtain a free brochure about the program, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture toll free at 1-800-641-3934.

The collection sites and dates for the 2014 Pesticide Container Recycling Program are as follows:

Whiteside County:
Gold Star FS, Lyndon, IL open on 8/5 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: Nick Isenhart, 815-778-3331

Stephenson County:
Pearl City Elevator, Dakota, IL open on 8/6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Contact: Mark Wells, 815-449-2254

Winnebago County:
Conserv FS, Rockford, IL open 8/6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: Jeff Baxter, 815-963-7669

McHenry County:
Conserv FS, Marengo, IL open 8/7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Contact: Jeff Kimmel, 815-568-7211

DeKalb County:
Hintzsche Fert., Kirkland, IL open 8/7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m
Contact: Dan Moore, 815-522-3251

LaSalle County
Grainco FS, Lostant, IL open 8/8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Contact: Steve Puetz, 815-368-3215

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