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Waste Pesticide and Container Disposal FAQs | South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Waste Pesticide and Container Disposal FAQs

What Can I Do With Pesticides That Are No Longer Useable?

  • Pesticides that can no longer be used for their intended purpose can be disposed of in several ways.
    • Return them to the manufacturer.
    • Dispose in a specially designed landfill.
    • Deliver them to a Department of Agriculture Waste Pesticide Collection Point.
      • The Department of Agriculture conducts an annual collection of pesticides that are no longer useable. Anyone that has any pesticides that can no longer be used can use this service free of charge. Pesticides collected are taken to a hazardous waste disposal facility where they are safely disposed.
  • Always consult the product label to determine if special requirements pertain to a particular pesticide.
  • South Dakota pesticide regulations prohibit the storage or disposal of pesticides or pesticide residues in a manner that will:
    • Cause or allow open dumping.
    • Cause or allow open burning.
    • Cause or allow water dumping.
    • Cause or allow pesticides to be stored next to food or other articles intended for consumption by humans or animals.

What Makes a Pesticide “Unusable”?

An unusable (waste) pesticide is one that:

  • Does not have a label or labeling that would allow the applicator to properly use it.
  • Is no longer in a useable condition.
  • Has had its labeled uses canceled by state or federal regulatory officials.

What Can I Do With Empty Pesticide Containers?

  • Empty pesticide containers can be disposed of by:
    • Delivering them to a Department of Agriculture Pesticide Container Collection Point.
    • Delivering them to a landfill that accepts such containers.
    • Burning
      • State regulations restrict the amount of pesticide containers to that of one day’s use or less than 50 lbs.
      • Burning of containers that formerly contained pesticides that were composed of organic mercury, lead, cadmium, berylium, selenium, or arsenic compounds is prohibited.
    • Burying
      • State regulations restrict the amount of pesticide containers to that of one day’s use or less than 50 lbs. Containers must be triple rinsed and punctured before burying.
      • If containers are not rinsed, state regulations allows up to one day’s use or 50 lbs. of containers to be buried unless light soil texture or ground water contamination or other environmental impacts could be realized.
      • Burning of containers that formerly contained pesticides that were composed of organic mercury, lead, cadmium, berylium, selenium, or arsenic compounds is prohibited.
    • Returning them to the manufacturer.
  • All pesticide containers should be triple rinsed before disposal or if they are to be stored for disposal at a later date.
  • If pesticide containers are to be stored and disposed of at a later date, they should be stored in a secure area that does not allow dispersal by wind, access by humans or wild and domestic animals, or residues that cause environmental impacts.
  • Always consult the product label to determine if disposal restrictions apply.

What Can I Do With Pesticide Rinsates (Residues)?

Pesticide rinsates from equipment cleaning or container rinsing must be disposed of in the same manner as a pesticide product. It is suggested that rinsates be land applied in accordance with the product label, methods that this can be accomplished include:

  • Using it as “make-up” solution when mixing.
  • Land applying according to label instructions.