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AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER

PROPER PESTICIDE CONTAINER STORAGE AND DISPOSAL

Storage 

Any containers that holds or has held a pesticide shall maintain control over the containers by placing the containers in a locked enclosure, or if the liquid pesticide container is over 55 gallons in capacity, the container shall have a locked closure.

If the pesticide container is missing the original manufacturers label or if the pesticide/pesticide mixture is placed in a service container, the container is required to state the identity of the pesticide.  Service container labeling includes the name of the person or firm responsible, the identity of the pesticide, and the signal word (Caution, Warning or Danger). 

Storage enclosures shall be posted with signs that are visible from any direction of probable approach.  The signs shall be of such size that is readable at a distance of 25 feet.  Signange is required to contain the following verbiage: danger, poison storage area, all unauthorized persons keep out, keep door locked when not in use.  The signage should be repeated in an appropriate language other than English if persons who do not understand English will come to the enclosure.  

Disposal
Pesticide containers shall be properly rinsed prior to disposal or recycling.  Refer to CCR 6684 for the proper rinse and drain procedures.  Pesticide containers are required to be rinsed during the pesticide application, where the rinse solution is drained into the tank mix and then applied.  Each pesticide container shall be triple rinsed; fill the container a 1/4 full of water, agitated, and empty into the tank mix.   Empty pesticide containers are still considered hazardous waste and are only allowed to be disposed of at facilities that accept hazardous waste.  Recycling is FREE!  Sutter County Department of Agriculture's Kill the Bug, Recycle the Jug  program has multiple recycling locations.  Click here to see the flyer for the recycling program.  Remember to remove all label packets and lids prior to recycling.