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  • a pest control business licensee

  • the pest control business licensee’s

employee If none of these people are at the property when you make your delivery, you must leave the containers in a locked enclosure that is posted with appropriate warning signs, as described above.

Transportation of Pesticides

Pesticides must never be transported in the same vehicle compartment with people, food, or animal feed. You must secure pesticide containers to the vehicle during transportation in a way that will prevent spills into or off of the vehicle. Cover pesticide containers made of paper, cardboard, or similar material when necessary to protect them from moisture. All pesticide containers must have either the original registered product label or proper service container labeling. To get further information and regulations on transporting pesticides contact the California Highway Patrol or the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Pesticide Bag Disposal Requirements

The state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has concluded that properly emptied pesticide bags do not pose a significant risk to human health or to the environment. Their policy states that pesticide bags that have been properly emptied according to DPR’s “Guidelines for Emptying and Burning Pesticide Bags” will not be regulated as hazardous waste. These pesticide bags that are properly emptied may be disposed of at Class III landfills or by burning. Pesticide bags not properly emptied are subject to all laws and regulations pertaining to the manage- ment of hazardous waste. Check with the Regional Water Quality Control Board for locations of these landfills and the Department of Pesticide Regulation for any changes to the policy.

Guidelines for Emptying Pesticide Bags. Disposal of properly emptied pesticide bags at landfills is currently the most environmentally sound disposal method. Follow these empty- ing guidelines:

  • Open and empty the pesticide bag until no pesticide material remains in the bag that can be poured, drained, or otherwise feasibly removed.

  • Empty the pesticide bag com- pletely, holding the bag upside down for five seconds after continuous particle flow ceases.

  • Straighten out the seams so that the bag is in its original “flat” position.

  • Again, hold the bag upside down for five seconds after continuous particle flow ceases. Shake the bag twice and hold for five seconds, or until continuous particle flow ceases.

Guidelines for Burning Pesticide Bags. Another, but less desirable, disposal option is burning under an agricultural burn permit that has been issued to a grower by the local air pollution control district. Growers with burn permits are allowed to burn at the field location to dispose of agricultural waste, such as prunings and cardboard boxes. They can also burn properly emptied pesticide bags that are handled according to the following guidelines:

  • Burn pesticide bags only at the location specified on the agricul- tural burn permit.

  • Select a location likely to minimize the amount of smoke that will blow over areas where people or domestic animals might be. Consider the distances to homes, parks, schools, and businesses; the wind speed and direction; tempera- ture inversions; and the length of time it is likely to take to burn the bags.

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