Empty Pesticide Container Recycling
Pesticide jugs, bottles and barrels can be recycled – with proper preparation.
These containers may be recycled year-round at the Pope/Douglas Recycling Center or brought to a special container round-up event hosted by Pope/Douglas.
Containers must be triple rinsed prior to delivery.
Pope/Douglas’ Recycling Center does accept empty pesticide containers year-round. Containers must be triple rinsed prior to delivery.
- Containers must be marked with the #2 recycling symbol
- 55 gallons and less in size
- Labels removed as best you can
- Clean, dry and properly rinsed out
- NO mini-bulk or containers larger than 55 gallons
Special Drop-Off Events
Pope/Douglas hosts special ’round-up’ events for empty pesticide containers.
This brings focused attention to make sure these containers are recycled – rather than burned or buried on-site.
Drop off your items June 1st-Oct 1st if possible.
Triple Rinsing Instructions
All empty pesticide containers, jugs, bottles and drums must be triple rinsed prior to recycling drop-off.
Containers Over 56 Gallons
Pope/Douglas’ Recycling Center does accept mini-bulks including caged intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).
Recycling options for these size and style of containers:
Waste Pesticide Collection Program
Pope/Douglas’ Household Hazardous Waste Facility is set up to accept waste pesticides.
Free disposal for pesticides in 55 gallon and smaller containers.
Mini-bulks and caged intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are not accepted.
The following is not accepted:
- Pesticide Rinsate
- Empty Containers
- Crop oil
- Foam markers
- Seed dye and inoculants
- Other products not covered in MDA’s disposal program
What is pesticide rinsate?
Pesticide rinsate is a dilute water mixture created when a pesticide user cleans their pesticide application or storage equipment, rinses containers, or cleans up a pesticide spill. Rinsate is to be managed by using it per pesticide label directions.
This program is sponsored by the MN Dept of Agriculture