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Ag container recycling keeps Illinois green

agchem-recyclIllinois’ role as a leader in agricultural production in the United States relies on a number of resources, and soil, water and air are key elements in the equation. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is launching a new program to help improve stewardship of these irreplaceable resources with agrichemical container recycling.

According to the Ag Container Recycling Council, a national not-for-profit organization helping farmers and applicators in 42 states,

a record 9.1 million pounds of pesticide containers were collected and recycled in 2013. Its website says 135 million pounds of plastic have been recycled in the United States since 1992.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently announced the 2014 recycling schedule with three permanent collection sites and about 30 single-day collection sites available statewide in July and August. Containers gathered will be ground into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

The containers must be prepared (empty, cleaned, dry) to be accepted. For a complete list of recycling sites and details on preparing containers to recycle, visit IDA’s website or call toll free at 1-800-641-3934.