Inspection Checklist For Recycling Plastic Crop Protection Product Containers

  • EMPTY: Plastic containers must be empty to be recycled.

  • CLEAN: Before handling any crop protection products be sure to read the label on the package. Wear the proper protective equipment as specified on the label. Pressure or triple-rinse the container as soon as it is emptied. Container must be cleaned or they will not be accepted into the recycling program. Add the rinse water to the spray mix.

  • NSPECT: Immediately after rinsing the container, look INSIDE and make sure that ALL the formulation has been rinsed out. Also inspect the OUTSIDE of the container; particularly check that the pour spout, the spout threads, and the container wall sur­rounding the spout are free of formulation residues that flake, smear, or come off on a glove when touched. The recycler cannot process containers that have dried formulation in or on them.

  • DISCARD CAP: Caps are usually made of a different kind of plastic and cannot be recycled. Be sure to clean the cap at the time the container is rinsed. NEVER put a cap back on a cleaned container. Dispose of cleaned caps as normal solid waste.

  • KEEP CONTAINERS DRY: Cleaned containers MUST be kept out of the rain and away from rain water. Even if it otherwise appears clean, the recycler will not accept a crop protection products container that has liquid in it (the recycler has no way to dispose of the liquid). Store cleaned containers in a roofed building, an enclosed trailer, or in plastic bags.

  • LABELS: There is NO NEED TO REMOVE labels from cleaned containers, but booklets should be removed.

  • STAINS: Containers that originally held products known to slain plastic (e.g., Treflan, Sonalan, etc.) are acceptable for recycling if the plastic is stained but otherwise clean (containers cannot have formulation residues or any liquid in them)

Images used with permission of the ACRC and TPSA (Agriculture Container Recycling Council and The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance)

Acceptable               Not Acceptable

Container, thread,

and lip are clean

Handle and neck stained but clean

Inside stained but rinsed clean

Inside is clean and dry

Dried formulation on container

Dried formulation on thread

Bottom is caked with dried residue

Liquid residue in container

Important Notes

Prior to taking the empty containers to our facility, there are a few things you need to know.

1. We will accept 5 GALLON containers or smaller as well as 30 and 50 gallon drums and IBC containers

2. The LABEL MUST still be on the container, or we can not accept them. No exceptions.

3. The containers must be completely EMPTY AND CLEAN in accordance with ACRC guidelines.  

4. Staff of East Terra Plastics have 100% authority not to accept any container if it does not meet appearance and cleanliness standards.

5. There is NO LIMIT to the number of containers we will accept; as long as they meet the requirements.

6. There is ZERO COST participate in this program.

7. It is open to INDIANA residents only.