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Waste Pesticide Program
Mission Statement: To collect and properly dispose of
cancelled, suspended or otherwise unusable pesticides and minimize further
accumulation through education and outreach.
Links and Other Resources
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), in cooperation
with local agencies, operates the Waste Pesticide Identification and
Disposal Program. The Program collects unusable agricultural and commercial
grade pesticides from residents, farmers, small businesses and public
agencies free of charge. Events are held at locations across Washington
State where customers can bring their unusable pesticides for proper
disposal. The goal of this program is to properly dispose of unused or
unusable pesticides to prevent human and animal exposure, prevent use of
cancelled pesticides on crops and to eliminate the potential source of
contamination to the environment.
The Program has changed the way it operates. Individuals can now apply
any time throughout the year to participate in a collection event by
submitting a completed customer inventory form to the Waste Pesticide
Program. For self service, download a fillable inventory form and
instructions by clicking on the following links to the inventory form
inventory form and the
instructions document. Once completed, email the form to WSDA at
WastePesticide@agr.wa.gov. Upon receipt of your inventory form the
application process is over. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to your
email address. For customers who need assistance during the application
process, contact WSDA via email or telephone.
Collection events will be scheduled as needed. This schedule will be
determined, in part, by the amount of applications received for a particular
area. Once an event is scheduled, potential customers will be notified by
Waste Pesticide Program staff and given further instructions about
the collection event, time and location.
This program only collects unusable/unwanted agricultural and
commercial grade pesticides. Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are
not accepted at WSDA collections; however, most Washington State
counties have HHW programs. To find out more about disposal of other
materials in your county, contact your local solid waste program or
website, enter your zip code and follow directions to determine
local disposal and recycling options.
To date, the Waste Pesticide Identification and Disposal Program has
safely disposed of over 2.7 million pounds of unusable pesticides from over
7,300 customers since the program was initiated in 1988. (363 lbs/customer
In addition to WSDA's Waste Pesticide Identification and Disposal
Program, Northwest Ag Plastics Inc., operates a statewide
Container Recycling Program. The
Agricultural Container Recycling Council sponsors a national pesticide
container recycling program and is an excellent source for container
recycling information. The
Washington State Department of Ecology's Hazardous Waste and Toxics
Reduction Program provides information on reducing and preventing
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I qualify for this free program?
The program is available to everyone who has unusable
agricultural and commercial grade pesticides located within
Washington state: Washington residents, farmers,
landowners, homeowners, business owners, renters, and public
What items are acceptable for disposal?
This program accepts pesticide formulations only.
Pesticides include herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides,
fungicides, adjuvants, and most chemicals that kill, prevent, or
mitigate a pest. WSDA cannot accept empty containers or other
waste such as fertilizers, motor oils, paint, solvents,
etc. To dispose of materials other than pesticides, contact your
County Solid Waste Department or your local Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW) or Moderate Risk Waste (MRW) program.
Pressurized gas cylinders cannot be transported by customers
to a pesticide collection event because they require special
handling; however, most hand-held aerosol pesticide cans and
small canisters are
accepted at collection events. WSDA arranges direct
pickup of cylinders from the customer's site.
How do I determine whether my pesticides are
Unusable pesticides are those which cannot be
used because the registration has been canceled or suspended
such as DDT, EDB, endrin, dinoseb and chlordane. Unusable
pesticides also include products that you cannot use due to
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program requirements, product age, loss of label,
or the product is no longer needed (retired from farming or
switched to organic production), etc.
Are there any costs to participate?
No, the Program's funding is appropriated from the State Model Toxics Control Account.
How do I apply for disposal, is there any paperwork involved?
If you apply to participate in a collection event, you are
required to submit information regarding the pesticides you want
to dispose. This can be done by clicking on the following links
to download a fillable
inventory form and the
instructions document. Once completed, email the form to WSDA at
WastePesticide@agr.wa.gov. Upon receipt of your
inventory form the application process is over. A
confirmation of receipt will be sent to your email address.
If you feel that you are not able to fill out an inventory form or are not
comfortable handling the pesticides themselves, you can request on-site assistance.
The information customers provide
on the inventory form is used by the Program to safely plan an
event. The Program uses it to screen items coming into an
event, provide disposal estimates to the hazardous waste
contractor, and to general transportation documents.
What if I feel unsafe handling the chemicals I
If you do not feel safe or are uncomfortable
handling the pesticides, please contact WSDA and request on-site
assistance. Upon request, WSDA will provide on-site assistance
at no charge to safely inventory and overpack dangerous items and containers
in poor condition (cracked, corroded or leaking). WSDA also
provides clear, plastic overpack bags at no charge. In certain
circumstances, WSDA will arrange collection of unusable
pesticides directly from your property.
What if I can't identify the chemicals I have?
Contact WSDA for assistance. A container with unknown contents
may be the most hazardous feature on your property, especially
if you have curious children or the container is leaking. WSDA
may be able to help identify the contents and, if it is a
pesticide, WSDA will arrange to have it removed at no cost to
What if some of my materials are not accepted by
WSDA may be able to help you find
other disposal options. Please contact WSDA for
suggestions or click on
Links to other Resources
What if I need on-farm assistance in order to become GAP compliant?
Please contact WSDA and request on-site assistance. Agricultural
crop producers can become GAP compliant without immediately
disposing of their pesticides. GAP programs allow temporary on-farm
storage of obsolete/unusable pesticides if they are properly
stored, identified, secured and segregated from current-use
pesticides. The pesticides must be documented and the inventory
must be readily available for GAP inspections. WSDA recommends
that containers of unwanted pesticides be overpacked in clear,
4-mil plastic bags which WSDA can provide at no charge. WSDA
staff can help package and segregate the unwanted pesticides and
prepare them for disposal.
What happens after I have applied for a pesticide collection event?
Once the completed inventory forms are received, WSDA staff will
screen them for materials that may need special handling or do
not qualify under our Program. Staff will contact you at a later
date to reserve a space for you in an upcoming collection event.
If you have requested clear plastic bags (list on the inventory
form), they are shipped to you after your inventory is
Approximately two weeks before the collection
event, a packet will be sent to you containing a map with
directions to the site, a confirmation letter with your
scheduled arrival time, any necessary transportation documents
and additional protective bags, if needed.
On the day of
the scheduled event, you, or your designee, transport your
unwanted pesticide products to the collection site. Your vehicle
will be unloaded by WSDA and contractor staff. After the vehicle
is unloaded, you and a WSDA representative sign a
Declaration of Waste Pesticide
transferring ownership from you to WSDA. The signed
'Declaration' is given to you for your records. WSDA becomes the
owner of the pesticide products before they are legally
considered to be hazardous wastes and before they are turned
over to the contractor, who packs them for safe transport and
disposal. Since WSDA now owns the pesticides, your name will not
appear on any waste disposal documents. The final hazardous
waste shipping manifest only lists WSDA as the waste generator.
Phone: Call toll free 1-877-301-4555, select option 1,
then option 5
Or dial (360) 902-2056
WSDA PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM
PO BOX 42589
OLYMPIA WA 98504-2589
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Nearly 2.7 million pounds of unusable pesticides have been collected from
over 7,300 customers since 1988.
Thank you for your interest in proper pesticide disposal.