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64 • PESTICIDE STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION, AND DISPOSAL

Pesticide and Container Disposal

Disposal sites that accept pesticides and used pesticide containers (Figure 4-3) must do so in accordance with requirements set down by California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. In some counties, you may be required to obtain a special certificate or permit from the county agricultural commis- sioner before you dispose of properly rinsed pesticide containers at approved disposal sites. Check with the county agricultural commissioner about local requirements before you dispose of any pesticides or rinsed or unrinsed used pesticide containers.

Unrinsed, emptied pesticide contain- ers may also be returned to the pesti- cide registrant, with the registrant’s prior approval. You must tighten all lids or closures securely. Contact the California Highway Patrol or the U.S. Department of Transportation for specific transportation requirements.

You may need a Hazardous Waste Facility Permit to store old pesticide materials or unrinsed pesticide contain- ers awaiting disposal. Unrinsed containers include those from which

FIGURE 4-3.

Pesticide wastes include partially full containers of pesticide that are not used, leftover mixtures in spray tanks, rinse water from pesticide containers, rinse water from inside and outside of spray equipment, and, as shown here, empty pesticide containers.

you cannot adequately remove the contents by rinsing or those that contained an undiluted, ready-to-use pesticide. Contact the Department of Toxic Substances Control for specific requirements.

Exemptions

Exemptions from the requirements discussed in this chapter apply in the following cases:

  • Containers that hold or have held pesticides packaged, labeled, and used for home use and that are in the possession of homeowners on their own property are exempt from the requirements for delivery, storage area posting, transporta- tion, and rinsing.

  • Containers that hold or have held pesticides registered for spray adjuvant uses are only exempt from the pesticide container rinse and disposal requirements.

  • Outer shipping containers that have not become contaminated with pesticides are exempt from the pesticide container rinse and disposal requirements.

Check with you local county agricul- tural commissioner if you have any questions regarding these exemptions.

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