Agricultural plastic containers can be a hazard if not properly managed. Empty plastic containers that are stored outdoors are a desirable breeding ground for mosquitoes and vermin. Recycling these containers also alleviates the issue of people reusing these containers for storage of drinking water or other household uses.

Agricultural plastic can be recycled for free at monthly collection events in San Joaquin County. Inspectors from the Ag Commissioner’s office are on hand at these events to provide container inspections. Empty aluminum phosphide metal containers and clean cardboard are also accepted.

The programs guiding principles are: Conserve Resources, Protect the Land, Air & Water, and to Save Money 

Pesticide Container Recycling Program Brochure

Program Goals:
-To dispose of pesticide containers in a cost-effective, environmentally sound way which benefits agriculture and the community
-To encourage resource conservation by recycling plastic containers
-To protect public health.
-To lessen financial impact on farmers and agricultural businesses

FREE Agricultural Plastic Recycling Events

*Schedule is subject to change due to weather, manpower, and unforeseen operational circumstances.

2024 Schedule:

Collection Events are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

North County Recycling Center
17720 East Harney Lane
Lodi, CA  95240
(209) 887-3868
Tracy Materials Recovery Facility  
30703 S MacArthur Drive
Tracy, CA  95377
(209) 832-2355

January 11

March 14

May 9

July 11

September 12

November 14

February 14

April 10

June 12

August 14

October 9

December 11   

Containers not meeting the Acceptable Container Requirements or those that once held motor oil, fuel, or antifreeze will be refused and may cause the load to be rejected in its entirety. If contamination is detected post-delivery, San Joaquin County will contact the person or entity that made delivery of prohibited waste. The contaminants must then be removed from the premises by the deliverer within 48 hours from the time of notification and must be disposed of as prescribed by state and federal laws. Proof of proper disposal (documents and/or manifests) will be required and shall be provided to San Joaquin County Public Works, Solid Waste Division. If not safely and lawfully removed within the 48 hour period, San Joaquin County will contract with a hazardous waste hauler for removal and legal disposal. The person or entity that made delivery shall be solely responsible for all costs associated with the handling and disposal of prohibited material. 

Agricultural Pesticide Container Recycling is sponsored by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors

Acceptable Container Requirements

1. Type: Non-refillable HDPE containers (Displays HDPE #2 Recyclable Symbol)
2. Prior Use: EPA registered agricultural products
3. Users: Growers or Commercial Applicators
4. Sizes: Up to 55 gallon capacity drums - All drums are to be cut into quarters - This will make it easier for transport and the grinding process.
5. Cleaning: Containers must be empty, triple or pressure rinsed, then allowed to dry. Staining is acceptable; caked-on residue is not
6. Puncturing containers is recommended
7. Storage: Keep empty containers in a building or under a tarp
8. Parts & Caps: Remove all non-HDPE parts including caps, metal handles, rubber linings, plastic seals, bungs, labels and booklets
9.Industrial Bulk Containers (IBC) Must Be Left In Shipping Frame to Be Accepted At These Events

Contact Phone Numbers
For more information contact: 
Department of Public Works 
Solid Waste Division 
(209) 468-3066 or 

Office of the Agricultural Commissioner 
(209) 468-3300


Solid Waste Administrative Office
1810 East Hazelton Avenue
Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: (209) 468-3066
Fax: (209) 468-3078
Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
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