Follow these safety recommendations for safe disposal of pesticides and their containers:
- If you have no further use for them, ask your neighbors whether they have a similar pest control problem and can use them.
- The donated pesticide must be in its original, fully-labeled container.
- Make sure that the person who receives it can read and follow the label directions.
- If no community program or guidance exists, follow the label directions for disposal.
- If all of the remaining pesticide cannot be properly used, check with your local Cooperative Extension Service office, 州领导机构
- State and local laws regarding pesticide disposal may be stricter than the federal requirements on the label. Be sure to check with your Cooperative Extension Office or 州领导机构 before disposing of your pesticide containers.
- Do NOT pour leftover pesticides down the sink, into the toilet, or down a sewer or street drain.
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- An empty pesticide container can be as hazardous as a full one because of residues left inside. Never reuse pesticide containers to carry or store other items, especially food or drinks. When empty, triple-rinse (see steps below) and dispose of the container according to label instructions. Never puncture or burn a pressurized or aerosol container – it could explode.
- Many communities have programs to recycle household waste such as empty bottles and cans. Do not recycle any pesticide containers, unless the recycling program specifically accepts pesticide containers and you follow the program’s instructions for preparing the empty containers for collection.
Steps for Triple-rinsing Empty Containers:
- While still wearing protective equipment, pour any excess pesticide into the sprayer.