Read more Jersey Vegetable Crops Ag Updates @
Commercial Ag Updates
on the Rutgers Plant & Pest Advisory

Plant & Pest Advisory > Commercial Ag Updates and Farm Food Safety

Plant & Pest Advisory > Vegetable Crops

Contact Information

The points of contact between Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service and the grower & business communities are the NJ County Agricultural Agents. The agents are a tremendous source of information for both new and experienced growers. Visit your local county extension office.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pesticide Container Recycling - Hammonton, May 6

Karen Kritz of the NJ Dept of Ag sent this reminder about pesticide container recycling at Helena Chemical Co, Hammonton, next Friday, May 6. -- Rick VanVranken

If you bring your triple rinsed plastic pesticide containers to Hammonton, it would be great if you had the containers tied together with a string. If you bring cardboard to Hammonton, it MUST be flattened and tied. From Hammonton, the material must be transported to Woodstown and it makes it a lot easier for Helena staff to handle.

remember to take the lids off the containers and remove the booklet.
You don’t have to scrape off the labels.

This program is offered to agricultural, professional and commercial pesticide applicators who hold a NJDEP pesticide license. State, county and municipal government agencies may also participate. A representative from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will be on-site to inspect the containers and issue one core credit to pesticide license holders who follow all of the required processing steps. To receive credit, participants must bring their pesticide license to the collection site and must follow all of the processing steps. Core credits will not be issued to participants who fail to follow all of the pesticide container processing steps.

LOCATION: Helena Chemical
                   66 Route 206 (North of the Route 30/206 intersection)
                   Hammonton, New Jersey
TIME:         9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DATES:       Friday May 6
Plastic Pesticide Container Processing Steps & Size Limits:
  1. All pesticide containers must be either triple rinsed or pressure rinsed, drained and dry inside;
  2. All pesticide containers must be free of residue (other than stains);
  3. The booklet must be removed (you DO NOT have to remove the paper labels glued to the container or the plastic sleeves);
  4. Foil seal must be removed;
  5. Only non-refillable pesticide containers will be accepted – you must drill a ¼-inch hole in the bottom of the container or with a utility knife make a 6-inch slit in the bottom of the container so the container will not hold liquids;
  6. Only pesticide containers embossed with HDPE or the recycling #2 will be accepted;
  7. Pesticide containers up to 55-gallons in capacity will be accepted. 5-gallon pales must be cut in half; 30-gallon containers into at least 4 pieces; and 55-gallon containers into at least 8 pieces. This can be accomplished using a chainsaw, circular saw, or reciprocating saw. It is not necessary to cut up containers less than 5-gallons; and  
  8. Pesticide containers must have originally held an EPA registered pesticide.

Items That Will Not Be Accepted and Will be Returned to the Recipient:
  1. Pesticide containers with dried formulation on the container, pour spout or the spout threads;
  2. Pesticide containers with any liquid residue;
  3. Pesticide containers where the insides are caked with dried residue;
  4. Mini-bulk, saddle tanks and nurse tanks, which can be made of fiberglass;
  5. Pesticide containers with lids; or
  6. Containers that held any type of petroleum oil product or antifreeze.   
Non-Waxy Cardboard Collection
Helena Chemical will also be accepting, at no charge, non-waxy cardboard since their products are sold to the end users in cardboard boxes. Every Friday during the months of April through October 2011 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m and during the scheduled pesticide container collection times, cardboard will be accepted.  Clean non-waxy cardboard must be broken down and flattened. The flattened cardboard must be tied for the Atlantic County collection site. 

Other Rigid Plastic Recycling
If you generate other clean non-petroleum containing HDPE plastic (crates, buckets, pales, etc.), the Cumberland County collection site ONLY may accept the material. Contact Karen Kritz, Recycling Manager, NJDA, 609-984-2506, or Dennis DeMatte, Cumberland County Recycling Coordinator, at 856-825-3700 to see if the plastic can be recycled.

Friday, June 3
Friday, July 1
Friday, August 5
Friday, September 2
Friday, October 7

Karen Kritz
Agricultural Economic Development
Division of Marketing & Development
NJ Department of Agriculture