Unusable pesticide is regulated as a hazardous waste and needs to be disposed of according to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. Be sure to check the pesticide label for instructions on disposing of pesticides-this includes both agricultural and household and residential pesticides. The EPA advises consumers to call local authorities for specific disposal instructions. This is to provide state and local government greater latitude in carrying out their responsibilities for product disposal and waste management. Specific instructions will be provided for products based on formulation.
Household and Residential Unusable Pesticide Products and Containers:
Labels on aerosol products will state: "Do Not Puncture or Incinerate! If empty, place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled, call your local solid waste agency or 800-CLEANUP (253-2687) or other qualified number for disposal instructions."
Labels on all other types of products will state: "If empty: Do not reuse this container. Place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled: Call your local solid waste agency or 800-CLEANUP (253-2687) or other qualified number for disposal instructions." This includes liquids, tablets, dusts, gels, pet products, etc., in other types of containers such as bags, bottles, bait stations, etc.
- Pesticide Container Recycling and Unuseable Pesticide Disposal Contacts (Agricultural and household products)
Container Recycling Operation (CROP)
Vic Mason, Idaho State Department of Agriculture
Contact Vic Mason, Idaho State Department of Agriculture
A toll free number (1-800-732-9253) is available to residents statewide to find out information about household hazardous waste collection programs. Information on state and local government sponsored household hazardous waste collection events can be found in the following links.
Household Hazardous Waste Program:
Oregon Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Locally Sponsored Collection Programs:
Oregon Agricultural Chemicals and Fertilizers Assn.
Agri-Plas, Inc. 503-390-2381
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
800-452-4011 (in Oregon only)
Northwest Ag Plastics, Inc.
Washington State Department of Agriculture:
You may call toll free at 1-877-301-4555 or email WastePesticide@agr.wa.gov
For Hazardous Waste contact:
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office (Bellevue) 425-649-7000
Southwest Regional Office (Lacey) 360-407-6300
Central Regional Office (Yakima) 509-575-2490
Eastern Regional Office (Spokane) 509-329-3400