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Virginia Program Keeps Plastic Pesticide Containers From Landfills

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today the results of the 2013 recycling program for empty plastic pesticide containers.
The program collected and granulated a total of 91,846 pounds of properly-rinsed plastic pesticide containers at 33 sites, including nineteen localities, twelve licensed dealers and commercial applicators and two private agricultural producers. The 2013 program experienced significant growth collecting nearly 4,000 more containers than in the previous year.

Localities included the counties of Accomack, Brunswick, Culpeper, Dinwiddie, Floyd, Frederick, Greensville, Isle of Wight, Madison, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Orange, Prince George, Rockingham, Southampton, Surry, Sussex and the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Since its inception, the Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program has collected more than 1.3 million pounds of plastic that were granulated and then remanufactured into new products. The program is an environmentally-responsible alternative for container disposal. Granulated chips are transported to recycling facilities and fabricated into items such as pallets, fence posts, field drain tiles and parking stops, keeping the containers out of landfills.

To participate in the Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program, a locality must apply to VDACS and agree to collect, inspect and store the properly-rinsed containers until granulation. VDACS provides reimbursement assistance to each participating locality to help offset the cost of the program. The program is available statewide each year.

Courtesy VDA&CS