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June 22, 2010

Illinois Department Of Agriculture To Offer Free Recycling Program For Agrichemical Containers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers rather than discard them.  The department today announced the schedule for the 2010 Pesticide Container Recycling Program.   

Beginning in early August, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and grind them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.   

“This program offers farmers a convenient way to dispose of empty pesticide containers and protect the environment at the same time,” Agriculture Director Tom Jennings said.  “I encourage them to gather any containers that they may have been planning to throw in the garbage and take them to the nearest collection site.”  

Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program.  Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry.  Participants are responsible for rinsing them and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.         

The program is a cooperative venture between the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension.

To obtain a free brochure about the program, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture toll free at 1-800-641-3934.

The collection sites and dates for the 2010 Pesticide Container Recycling Program are as follows:

Permanent collection sites:

County        Location                                      City                      Contact                  Phone #

Greene          Illinois Valley Supply                  Carrollton             John Quandt         217-942-6991

Lawrence     Klein Flying Service                    Lawrenceville      Robert Klein         618-943-2189

McLean        Randolph Ag Service                  Heyworth             Dee Hamilton        309-473-3256

Warren         Maple City Area Recycling         Monmouth            Kevin Lovdahl      309-734-8423


Single Day Collection Sites:


AM Site hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
PM Site hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Date, Time       Location                   Contact

8/2 PM           Two Rivers FS             Mike Smith

Pike                Pittsfield                      217-285-4477


8/3 AM           Lincoln Land FS          Dick Stilts

Morgan           Jacksonville                  217-243-6561


8/3 PM           Sunrise Ag                   Mike Schone

Cass                Virginia                        217-452-3936


8/4 AM          Two Rivers FS              Aaron Winner

Schuyler        Rushville                       217-322-2024


8/4 PM         Chem-Gro                     Todd Nelson

Hancock        Bowen                          217-842-5514


8/5 AM          CPS                              Travis Weaver

McDonough  Blandinsville                 309-652-3694


8/6 AM          Gold Star FS                 Dave Cooper

Mercer          Aledo                            309-582-7271


8/9 PM          River Valley Coop        Chad Wexell

Henry           Galva                             309-737-0337


8/10 AM         Gold Star FS                Jim Anderson

Whiteside       Lyndon                        815-778-3331


8/10 PM         Pearl City Elevator       Mark Wells

Stephenson    Dakota                          815-449-2254 


8/11 AM       Conserv FS                   Jeff Baxter

Winnebago   Rockford                       815-963-7669


8/11 PM       Conserv FS                   Jeff Kimmel

McHenry      Marengo                        815-568-7211


8/12 AM       Hintzsche Fert.              Dan Moore

DeKalb         Kirkland                        815-522-3251


8/12 PM       Grainco FS                    Steve Puetz

LaSalle         Lostant                          815-368-3215


8/13 AM       Evergreen FS                Melvin Feazel

Woodford    Minonk                          309-432-2592


8/23 PM       Agland FS                     Mark Alvey

Peoria           Hanna City                    309-565-4315


8/24 AM       Agland FS                     Tim Dare

Tazewell       Green Valley                 309-352-2700


8/24 PM        DCM Crop Care           George Clark

Tazewell       Deer Creek                    309-447-6456


8/25 AM       CPS                               Steve Schaffer

Livingston    Saunemin                      815-832-4491


8/26 AM       Chebanse Ag                 Dean Schafer

Kankakee     Chebanse                       815-697-2392


8/26 PM       Weber Fertilizer            Delmar Ecker

Iroquois         Buckley                         217-394-2042


8/27 AM       United Prairie                Matt Van Osdell

Champaign   Tolono                           217-485-6000


8/30 PM       Effingham Equity             Rodney Schultz

Effingham    Montrose                       217-342-3123


8/31 AM       Bockhorn Ag                Leslie Reiman

Randolph     Sparta                            618-443-3905


8/31 PM         Gateway FS                  Jerry Roosevelt

Monroe         Waterloo                        618-282-4000


9/1 AM         CPS                                Jeff Haas

Clinton         New Baden                    618-588-3525


9/1 PM        Madison Service                 Mike Sager

Madison       Marine                            618-887-4275


9/2 AM         Woolsey Brothers          Herb Woolsey

Fayette         Vandalia                         618-283-1263


9/2 PM         Effingham Equity          Rodney Schultz

Christian       Pana                               217-342-3123


9/3 AM         M & M Service              Zane Rutherford

Macoupin     Girard                             217-627-2151




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