What Are Some Tips for Recycling Ground Fertiziler?

Recycling fertilizer may sound a bit odd at first.  Isn’t fertilizer going into the ground to start with?  The answer may surprise you.


When talking about fertilizer, know there are typically two kinds…

There are fertilizers with pesticides and without pesticides.  Fertilizer without pesticides usually doesn’t need special treatment when disposing of it, though you may want to consider giving it to a neighbor or friend who can use it rather than throwing it away.  This will help to reduce used landfill space.  Fertilizers that do contain pesticides on the other hand need to be disposed of properly.

How do you know what type of fertilizer you have?  That is easy if you have the container as all fertilizers with pesticides are clearly marked.  Basically anything that says “prevents weeds” or “controls insects” will more than likely contain pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.  This can include sprays, bags, and powders.

Recycling fertilizer is not a hard task…

True, recycling does take a bit more effort than tossing items in the trash, but that effort benefits the planet by helping to keep it clean.  Putting these fertilizers in a landfill or washing them down a sink puts these chemicals in our grounds and in possibly in our water supplies.  These are pollutions easily avoided if we all do our part.

A simple way to recycle these fertilizers is to contact a hazardous waste facility or a recycling center that is equipped to handle these items.  Often you can drop these items off yourself, and the center will handle it from there.  Once you’ve gotten rid of these items, you may want to consider more natural options for the future.  There are many natural fertilizing products on the market today made from natural substances that kill weeds and ward off bugs.  In the mean time, you can feel good that you have taken positive steps towards incorporating recycling practices into your life.