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July/August 2004
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Pesticide Container Recycling Sites for July 19 - August 13, 2004

Ellen Phillips, Extension Educator - Crop Systems, Countryside Extension Center, 708-352-0109, ephillps@uiuc.edu.

The ag industry has made great progress in recent years to reduce the need for plastic pesticide containers by developing new technology like water-soluble packets and direct injection application systems. However, there still are a lot of containers that need to go somewhere when they are empty. Plastic pesticide containers are recycled into pallets, new pesticide containers, fence posts, roadside sign posts, drainage tile, sewage tile and numerous other uses. Recycling these containers keeps them from going to the landfill and protects the environment. For more information about how to prepare the containers for disposal check out the University of Illinois Pesticide Safety and Education program website at http://www.pesticidesafety.uiuc.edu/facts/facts.html.

To make the recycling process easier, each year the Illinois Department of Agriculture sets up one-day Pesticide Container Recycling Sites around the state. The table below list recycling sites for Northern Illinois. To find out where other sites will be held go to http://www.agr.state.il.us/Environment/recycle.html. Note that mini-bulk containers are NOT accepted at these sites. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is planning two mini-bulk recycling sites for later in 2004. Keep checking their website to find the dates and locations. There will also be a Clean Sweep for agricultural and structural pesticide disposal in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties later this year. For more information about the programs, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 1-800-641-3934.

County Date Time Facility City, State Contact Phone #
Whiteside 7/20/2004 PM Gold Star FS, Inc. Lyndon, IL Jerry Beranik (815) 778-3331
Stephenson 7/21/2004 AM Dakota Co-op Dakota,IL Tom Wells (815) 449-2254
Winnebago 7/21/2004 PM Conserv FS, Inc. Rockford, IL Bill Schnerre (815) 963-7669
McHenry 7/22/2004 AM Northern FS, Inc. Marengo, IL Jeff Kimmel (815) 568-7211
DeKalb 7/22/2004 PM Hintzsche Fertilizer DeKalb, IL Ron Hintzsche (815) 756-6311
Tazewell 7/26/2004 PM Agland FS, Inc. Green Valley, IL Mike Neill (309) 352-2700
Tazewell 7/27/2004 AM DCM Crop Care Deer Creek, IL Lori Lynn (309) 447-6456
Peoria 7/27/2004 PM Agland FS, Inc. Hanna City, IL Mark Alvey (309) 565-4315
LaSalle 7/28/2004 AM LaSalle Co Farm Supply Lostant, IL Steve Puetz (815) 368-3215
Livingston 7/28/2004 PM Crop Production Services Saunemin, IL Steve Schaffer (815) 832-4491
Iroquois 7/29/2004 AM Weber Fertilizer, Inc. Buckley, IL Roger Weber (217) 394-2042