Disposal of Pesticides
- Dispose of pesticides as instructed on the product label. Look for the "Storage and Disposal" statement on your pesticide label.
- If any product remains in the container it must be disposed of as household hazardous waste.
- To find out where to take your unwanted pesticides, you can contact your local household hazardous waste, call 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687), or talk to your state's environmental agency. Remember! State and local laws can be more strict than federal requirments.
- After emptying a pesticide container rinse it properly for disposal or recycling. Never reuse a pesticide container for any purpose!
- Be sure to wear protective clothing when rinsing pesticide containers, such as chemical resistant gloves and eye protection.
- Apply rinse water according to label directions; only where the pesticide was intended to be used.
- Do not pour rinse water into any drain or on any site not listed on the product label; it could contaminate the environment.
- If you mixed or diluted a pesticide and you have a little too much left over, try to use it up while following the label. Consider asking a neighbor if they can use any leftover mixtures.
You can reduce the need for pesticide disposal by keeping these tips in mind:
- Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to reduce the need for pesticides.
- Identify the pest and make sure the product will be effective against that pest before buying the product.
- Buy only what you need this season; mix only what you need today.
Tips for transporting pesticides for disposal:
- Keep the pesticides in their original containers with the labels attached.
- Place containers so they won't shift and/or spill.
- Line the transport area in your vehicle or place pesticides in a plastic bin to contain any spills in case of an accident.
- If pesticides are carried in the back of an open vehicle, secure and cover the load.
- Don't put pesticides in the passenger compartment of a vehicle.
- Keep pesticides away from groceries, including food for animals.
- Go straight to the collection site once you have loaded your vehicle. Drive carefully!
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (7:30am-3:30pm PST), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Safe Disposal of Pesticides - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Household Hazardous Waste - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 2007-1: Disposal Instructions on Non-Antimicrobial Residential or Household Use Pesticide Product Labels - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- State Clean Sweep Coordinators - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Managing Waste Pesticide - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
- Proper Disposal of Pesticide Waste - University of Florida
- What you need to know about Disposing of a Pesticide - Penn State University
- Rinsing Pesticide Containers - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Pesticide Container Cleaning and Disposal - Washington State University