How do you dispose of garden chemicals?

marti8aJuly 10, 2008

I am cleaning out the storage building that was on the property when we bought it 13 years ago and have come across a box of pesticides and fertilizers.

I don't know how toxic they still are after being in a hot shed for 13+ summers, but a lot of bottles slosh when I shake them, so something is still in there.

I looked online for my county & state & can't find anything regarding safe disposal. What would you do?

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tclynx

can you still read the labels on the bottles? I would start there and see what you can find out.

How big are the bottles? With small bottles or ones that don't seem to have much in them, I would probably simply place in the trash. With larger containers or stuff that seems to be really "toxic" I might phone the county or whoever takes care of the waste disposal in your area and find out when/where you can take stuff for disposal.

Here is a link that might be useful: TCLynx

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 9:06PM
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alfie_md6

The municipality who collects your garbage (unless you have a private garbage collector) probably has a household hazardous waste collection day. My advice is to call them up and find out when and where. I wouldn't put any of that stuff in the garbage.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 6:30AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Most all of those things are hazardous materials that need to be properly disposed of. Our county has two hazardous materials disposal drive each year where anyone can bring any of the hazardous materials they have in for disposal. Items listed are pesticides, fertilizers, motor oils, paints, etc. Some places have more regular pickups, but this stuff will not be handled by your regular trash pickup people, if they know it is there.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 7:29AM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

I looked online for my county & state & can't find anything regarding safe disposal. What would you do?

I would use the telephone, not all information is available on line.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 11:49AM
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fruitgirl

If you can't find anything about a hazardous waste roundup on line or in the phone book, try contacting your county ag extension office. They might have a recommendation of how to properly dispose of it, or might have information about the hazardous waste roundup.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 12:48PM
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