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Agricultural Plastic Containers

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
 

Lovelace Materials Recovery Facility
2323 East Lovelace Road
Manteca, CA  95336
(209) 982-5770

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

FREE on the second Wednesday of 
even numbered months:
February, April, June, August, October, and December

FREE on the second Thursday of 
odd numbered months:
January, March, May, July, September and November

FREE on the second Tuesday of:

February, May, August, and November

For 2018:
February 14 
April 11
June 13
August 8
October 10
December 12

For 2018:
January 11
March 8
May 10
July 12
September 13
November 8

For 2018:
February 13
May 8
August 14
November 13 

      NOTICE:
      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



    Escalon:

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    Call us at 468-3066

    Lathrop:

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    Linden:

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    Lockeford:

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    Lodi:

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    Manteca:

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    Ripon:

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    Stockton:

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    Tracy:

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    Event Hours

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


    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


    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 growers to transport and the grinder to process.
    5. Cleaning: Containers must be empty, triple or pressure rinsed and punctured, then allowed to dry. Staining is acceptable; caked-on residue is not
    6. Storage: Keep empty containers in a building or under a tarp
    7. Parts & Caps: Remove all non-HDPE parts including caps, metal handles, rubber linings, plastic seals, bungs, labels and booklets
    8. Industrial Bulk Containers (IBC) Must Be Left In Shipping Frame to Be Accepted At These Events







    Public Works Department

    1810 E. Hazelton Avenue
    Stockton, CA 95205
    Phone: (209) 468-3000
    Fax: (209) 468-2999
    E-mail Us 

    Office Hours: 8am - 12pm & 1pm - 5pm