Disposal and Storage of Pesticides

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Proper Storage & Disposal of Pesticides

All pesticides are regulated by the EPA and are classified as toxic and poisonous to varying levels from extreme to very low toxicity. They are potentially harmful to people, pets and our environment. If we are going to use them, or hire a pest control company to use them, we all have an obligation to thoroughly understand them, we must know the potential health effects that each type may pose.

See the description of pesticides.

Proper Storage of Pesticides

  • Don't overbuy pesticides. Reduce storage by purchasing only the amount needed for near future not to exceed the current season when the targeted pest is active.
  • Read pesticide labels. Follow storage and disposal instructions.
  • Store pesticides out of reach of children. Keep them in a locked cabinet in a well-ventilated utility area.
  • Store flammable pesticides outside of living areas, far away from ignition sources, furnaces, heaters, cars, propane tanks and etc.
  • Never store them near or in the same cabinet as food, medical supplies, or pet food.
  • Always keep them in their original containers. Never transfer to a different container and particularly not soft drink bottles or juice containers where the contents could be confused as something to drink or eat.
  • Never remove labels. They reflect ingredients, directions of use, first aid instructions in case of toxic exposure or poisoning.
  • Always secure covers and child-resistant-packaging.
  • Do not store pesticides near or in places that could contaminate. This would include where flooding could occur that could get into wells, drains, ground water or surface water.
  • If you cannot identify contents of a container whether or not a pesticide, then dispose of it safely in the correct and required manner.

Proper Disposal of Pesticides

  • Buy in small quantities to help insure entire use. If you can no longer use pesticides, offer them fiends, relatives or neighbors.
  • Excess pesticides should never be placed in trash. Call your city, county, or state government regarding its policy on disposing of hazardous pesticide waste. Keep in mind that some states have more strict controls over toxic waste than does the Federal government.
  • Pesticide containers that are empty may be placed in trash receptacles unless the label instructs otherwise. Never reuse an empty container.
  • It is illegal to pour unused pesticides down a sink, into a toilet, down a sewer, into a street drain, or into a waterway, river, stream, pond or lake where it could harm fish, plants. living things or our environment.
  • Never puncture or incinerate a pressurized pesticide container.
  • If you have any doubts or questions about storage or disposal of pesticides, contact you state agency governing hazard waste or call 1-800-253-2687.
This page was last modified on 29 August 2012 at 15:25