06/17/2014 09:50

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers.  The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them.    

Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and recycle them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

"This program offers farmers a convenient opportunity to dispose of empty pesticide containers and demonstrate their environmental stewardship," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said.  "I would encourage them to gather any containers that they may have been planning to throw in the garbage and take them to the nearest collection site."   

Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program.  Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry.  Participants are responsible for rinsing them and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.  

The program is a cooperative venture between the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension.

To obtain a free brochure about the program, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture toll free at 1-800-641-3934.

The collection sites and dates for the 2014 Pesticide Container Recycling Program are as follows:

Permanent collection sites:

County         Location                                    City                 Contact                    Phone #

Greene         Illinois Valley Supply                    Carrollton       George Staples        217-942-6991         

Lawrence     Klein Flying Service                      Lawrenceville   Robert Klein            618-884-1040

McLean        Randolph Ag Service                     Heyworth        Brad Hamilton         309-473-3256


Single Day Collection Sites:

AM Site hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

PM Site hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

*** Site hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Date, Time       Location                   Contact

7/29 PM         Prairieland FS             Mike Smith

Pike                Pittsfield                    217-285-4477

7/30 AM        Prairieland FS              Dick Stilts

Morgan          Jacksonville                217-243-6561

7/30 PM         Sunrise Ag                  Mike Schone

Cass               Virginia                      217-452-3936

7/31 AM       Prairieland  FS             Aaron Winner

Schuyler        Rushville                     217-322-2024

7/31 PM        Chem-Gro                   Todd Nelson

Hancock        Bowen                        217-842-5514

8/1 AM          CPS                            Travis Weaver

McDonough  Blandinsville                309-652-3694

8/4 PM          Gold Star FS                Dave Cooper

Mercer         Aledo                           309-582-7271

8/5 AM          River Valley Coop        Shane Schmidt

Henry           Galva                          309-932-2081

8/5 PM           Gold Star FS               Nick Isenhart

Whiteside      Lyndon                        815-778-3331

8/6 AM          Pearl City Elevator     Mark Wells

Stephenson    Dakota                      815-449-2254

8/6 PM         Conserv FS                  Jeff Baxter

Winnebago  Rockford                      815-963-7669

8/7 AM        Conserv FS                   Jeff Kimmel

McHenry      Marengo                       815-568-7211

8/7 PM         Hintzsche Fert.             Dan Moore

DeKalb         Kirkland                       815-522-3251

8/8 AM        Grainco FS                    Steve Puetz

LaSalle         Lostant                        815-368-3215

8/11 PM       Buroughs Ag Service   Mark Stange

Woodford    Toluca                          815-452-2377

8/12 AM      Agland FS                     Mark Alvey

Peoria           Hanna City                 309-565-4315

8/12 PM       Agland FS                    Travis Rudat

Tazewell      Green Valley                309-352-2700

8/13 AM       DCM Crop Care           George Clark

Tazewell      Deer Creek                 309-447-6456

8/13 PM       CPS                             Steve Schaffer

Livingston   Saunemin                     815-832-4491

8/14 AM      Chebanse Ag                Dean Schafer

Kankakee     Chebanse                    815-697-2392

8/14 PM       Weber Fertilizer           Delmar Ecker

Iroquois         Buckley                      217-394-2042

8/15 AM      United Prairie                Ben Rawlins

Champaign  Tolono                          217-485-6000

8/18 AM      Effingham Equity           Rodney Schultz

Effingham    Montrose                      217-342-3123

8/25 PM       Irvington Elevator        Steve Seidel

WashingtonIrvington                        618-249-6206

8/26 ***       Bockhorn Ag                Leslie Bockhorn

Randolph     Sparta                          618-443-3905

8/26 PM        Gateway FS                 Jerry Roosevelt

Monroe         Waterloo                      618-282-4000

8/27 ***       CPS                             Jeff Haas

Clinton         New Baden                   618-588-3525

8/28 AM      Woolsey Brothers          Herb Woolsey

Fayette         Vandalia                      618-283-1263

8/28 PM       Effingham Equity         Rodney Schultz

Christian      Pana                            217-342-3123

8/29 AM      M & M Service              Dwayne Krager

Macoupin     Girard                          217-627-2151