Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling
One core credit will be issued per calender year to those who participate.
The Cumberland County Improvement Authority, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, will continue to offer free recycling of empty plastic pesticide containers on specific collection dates in 2011. The collection program will be held at the Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex in the Township of Deerfield. This is a free program and will save pesticide license holders approximately $55/ton in landfill tipping fees.
This program is offered to agricultural, professional and commercial pesticide applicators who hold a NJDEP pesticide license. State, county and municipal government agencies may also participate. A representative from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will be on-site to inspect the containers and issue one core credit to pesticide license holders who follow all of the required processing steps. To receive credit, participants must bring their pesticide license to the collection site and must follow all of the processing steps. Core credits will not be issued to participants who fail to follow all the pesticide container processing steps.
If growers have plastic pails, bulb crates, or other plastics that are HDPE #2, contact the NJDA to determine if they are suitable for the recycling program and can be brought to the collection site. The vehicles used to transport the pesticide containers to be recycled are not required to be licensed by DEP so long as the material is transported directly to the Solid Waste Complex. Open trucks or trailers must be tarped before entering Solid Waste Complex. Many of the pesticide containers arrive at the farm in cardboard boxes. Growers who wish to recycle the cardboard should flatten the cardboard boxes and bring the cardboard to the Solid Waste Complex and deposit them in the cardboard collection container located at the convenient center.
If you have any questions or need more details on the plastic pesticide container-recycling program, contact Karen Kritz, Recycling Program Manager, NJ Department of Agriculture, at (609) 984-2506.
New Jersey Pesticide Container Collection Program Guide
Plastic Pesticide Container Processing Steps & 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 hole in the bottom of the container or with a utility knife make a 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 Recipient:
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.
Non-Waxy Cardboard Collection
The clean non-waxy cardboard must be broken down and flattened. Clean Non-waxy cardboard will also be accepted year-round at the Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex’s Convenience Center.
Other Rigid Plastic Recycling
If you generate other clean non-petroleum containing HDPE plastic (crates, buckets, pales, etc.), the Cumberland County collection site may accept the material. Contact Karen Kritz, Recycling Manager, NJDA, 609-984-2506, or Dennis DeMatte, Cumberland County Recycling Coordinator, at 856-825-3700 to see if the plastic can be recycled.
2012 Collection Schedule
Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex
169 Jesse Bridge Road
(located off Route 55, Exit 29)
Deerfield, New Jersey
(Open trucks or trailers must be tarped before entering Complex)
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 Noon
Friday, May 18
Friday, June 15
Friday, July 20
Friday, August 17
Friday, September 21
Friday, October 19
Friday, November 16