Kristine Schaefer, Pest Management and the Environment
A new EPA Pesticide Container and Containment Rule that goes into effect Aug. 11, 2011 will change the requirements for repackaging bulk pesticides and will make many plastic pesticide mini-bulk containers unusable. Applicators with these containers have the option to remove and recycle used mini-bulk containers through a program developed by ISU Extension Pest Management and the Environment Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, and Iowa Institute for Cooperatives with contractor TRI-Rinse, Inc.
The 2011 recycling program is available for 85 to 350 gallon stand-alone or caged pesticide mini-bulk tanks. This is an excellent opportunity to help solve the problem of increasing stockpiles of damaged or non-compliant mini-bulk tanks. To participate in the program an inventory form should be filled out and mailed to TRI-Rinse, Inc. no later than July 15, 2011. This information is necessary to determine how many pesticide mini-bulk tanks are available for recycling, and which locations will be selected as collection sites in Iowa. The recycling fee is $15 per tank.
Tri-Rinse will provide instructions for preparation of the tanks. Collections will begin in late summer or early fall. Additional details are included in this notice. Chemical companies are providing the major funding for their containers under their return programs.
Questions regarding the program can be directed to Mark Lohafer, IDALS, at 515-281-8506.
Kristine Schaefer is a program specialist in the Pesticide Management and the Environment program. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (515) 294-4286.