HAMMONTON – Helena Chemical, 66 Route 206 (North of the Route 30/206 intersection), will collect pesticide containers for recycling from 9 a.m. to noon on July 9.

Help spread the word, help us recruit new participants for this free program so we can exceed last year’s collection efforts.

Please do not drop off containers unless it is during the scheduled collection program.

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

Don’t forget 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.

Pesticide container processing steps

• All pesticide containers must be either triple rinsed or pressure rinsed and drained and;

• All pesticide containers must be free of residue (other than stains);

• The booklet must be removed (you do not have to remove the paper labels glued to the container or the plastic sleeves);

• Foil seal must be removed;

• Only non-refillable pesticide containers will be accepted — you should drill a ¼-inch hole in the container or with a utility knife make a slit in the of the container so the container will not hold liquids;

• Only pesticide containers embossed with HDPE or the recycling #2 will be accepted;

• Pesticide containers up to 55-gallons in capacity will be accepted. 5-gallon pails must be cut in half; 30-gallon containers into at least 4 pieces; and 55-gallon containers into at least 6 pieces. This can be accomplished using a sawzall, chainsaw, circular saw, or reciprocating saw. It is not necessary to cut up containers less than 5-gallons; and

• Pesticide containers must have originally held an EPA registered pesticide.

Items that will not be accepted

• Pesticide containers with dried formulation on the container, pour spout or the spout threads;

• Pesticide containers with liquid residue;

• Pesticide containers where the insides are caked with dried residue;

• Mini-bulk, saddle tanks and nurse tanks, which can be made of fiberglass;

• Pesticide containers with lids; or

• 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 2014 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 flatten. The cardboard must be tied for the Atlantic County collection site.

Other rigid plastic recycling

If you generate other clean non-petroleum containing plastic (crates, buckets, pails, nursery pots, etc.), the Cumberland County collection site only may accept the material during the scheduled Cumberland collection dates. Cumberland will also accept pales and 55-gallon drums not cut up.


• Friday, Aug. 7

• Friday, Sept. 4

• Friday, Oct. 2

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