Herbicide Recycling Explained

While you won’t often have extra herbicide sitting around waiting for the garbage bin or recycling can, you will have the containers that these hazardous materials come in. An herbicide is usually a substance toxic to plants and which is used to eliminate and destroy any undesirable or wanted vegetation or weeds.

What this means is that herbicide packages or leftover herbicides are viewed as hazardous waste and tend to require treatment and handling in a way that is similar to all other hazardous waste products. Why? They will kill all plants that they contact, including native and necessary species!


What are the Problems with Herbicide?

Why is it necessary to recycle them or handle them at all? For instance, those containers that the products come in…can’t they just be thrown into the regular garbage cans? The answer is a great big NO. This is because most recycling centers and garbage carriers will reject such containers because they tend to retain a lot of the chemicals that they once held. If a single plastic canister that once held herbicide made its way into a batch of recyclable food containers it would run the risk of contamination and poisoning.

Additionally, there are many stories of herbicides ending up in local ground water, and even in compost made by regional recycling facilities due to small containers and packages being handled improperly.

How to Recycle any Herbicide

Never assume that you can rinse out a container and bring it to the landfill. This is dangerous to the environment and local wildlife and will simply result in toxins entering the ground. Instead, just rely on the professional recycling contractors in your area and ask them about properly handling herbicides and their packaging.

So, how do you go about recycling these things? The first step is to contact your local garbage firm to see if they have a hazardous waste drop off or plans for hazardous waste “days” that will allow you to bring your stable containers of herbicides in for recycling or proper disposal.