Leonardtown, MD –The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will sponsor a summer collection program for empty plastic (HDPE) pesticide containers according to specific guidelines. The nearest location to St. Mary’s County which accepts out-of–county pesticide containers will be the Frederick County Landfill, 9031 Reich’s Ford Road in Frederick, MD. Collection dates areJune 19,July 24,August 21 and September 18, 2018between the hours of9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

MDA inspectors will supervise the collection to ensure onlytriple rinsed or pressure rinsed, clean, plastic HDPE pesticidecontainers are collected. Information on the inspection checklist for the empty pesticide containers and the recycling program itself can be viewed at:

http://news.maryland.gov/mda/press-release/2017/05/08/maryland-recycles-pesticide-containers-for-25th-year-collection-dates-open-in-june/.The pesticide containers will be chipped and transported to an approved recycling facility for processing.

For more information about recycling in St. Mary’s County, please contact the Department of Public Works and Transportation Recycling Program at 301-475-4200, or log on towww.stmarysmd.com.