The Cumberland County Improvement Authority in partnership with
the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, will offer free recycling
of empty plastic pesticide containers. The collection program will
be held at the Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex in the Township
This is a free program and will save pesticide license holders in
excess of $55/ton in landfill tipping fees.
Non-refillable, high-density polyethylene # 2 (HDPE #2) containers
used by agricultural, professional and commercial pesticide applicators
will be accepted at the collection sites. Containers must be no
larger than 55 gallons and properly rinsed.
The program is open to anyone who holds a New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection pesticide license and to state, county
and municipal government agencies. Participants must follow the
processing guide or material will be rejected.
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection will issue one core
credit to pesticide license holders for participating in the program.
To receive credit, participants must bring their pesticide license
to the collection site and must follow the processing steps. NJ
Department of Agriculture staff will be on-site to collect the containers
and issue the pesticide credits.
If growers have a large quantity of material, arrangements can be
made to bring the grinding equipment directly to the grower. If
growers have plastic pails, bulb crates, or other plastics that
are HDPE #2, contact the NJDA to determine if they are suitable
for the recycling program and can be brought to the collection site.
If you have questions or need more details on the plastic pesticide
container-recycling program, contact Karen Kritz, Recycling Program
Manager, NJ Department of Agriculture, at (609) 984-2506.
The Department also administers a nursery and greenhouse film recycling
program that is a model for states nationwide.
Film is accepted at two regional collection sites, which each have
their own tipping fees.
Vehicles used to transport the greenhouse and nursery film are
not required to be licensed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection as long as the used film is transported directly to one
of the sites participating in New Jersey's recycling program.
Film will be accepted at the Cumberland Coiunty Solid Waste Complex,
in Deerfield and the Occupational Training Center in Mt. Holly,
For additional information, contact Karen Kritz, New Jersey Department
of Agriculture, by e-mail
or at (609) 984-2506 or contact the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape
Association at (609) 291-7070.