Recycling Pesticide Containers

May 16, 2019
ICM News

Handling and disposing of empty pesticide containers is a necessary part of pesticide applications and recycling containers is an environmentally friendly and responsible way of disposing of them. In 2018 763,078 pounds of pesticide containers 55 gallons and smaller were collected and recycled for the state of Iowa. Iowa ranked number one in the Midwest for containers recycled in 2018.

Recycling options vary depending on the container size:

  • Recycling containers up to 55 gallons. Clean containers that have been triple-rinsed or pressure-rinsed, can be recycled through a free program sponsored by the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC). Refer to the ACRC Container Preparation Checklist for more information on preparing containers. In Iowa, containers can be recycled under the ACRC program with G. Phillips and Sons, LLC located in Stanwood, IA. For more information visit G. Phillips and Sons, LLC. To set up a pickup, call G. Phillips & Sons at 563-942-0391 or email them at
  • Recycling mini-bulk and intermediate bulk containers. Although some mini-bulk and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are refillable there are still many around businesses and farms that are not eligible for refilling. The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) provides information on rinsing and recycling mini-bulk and IBCs and companies that will recycle these containers. For contact information for specific companies that offer recycling services in Iowa, visit the company search page on the TPSA website. Eight companies are currently listed offering mini-bulk and IBCs recycling services for Iowa.

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Kristine Schaefer PSEP Program Manager I

Kristine is the program manager for the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.