News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is sponsoring its summer collection program for high density polyethylene (HDPE) pesticide containers for farmers, pesticide applicators, and others who wish to dispose of plastic pesticide containers properly.  This program allows for county, state and federal agencies to work collaboratively for environmental protection.

The nearest location to St. Mary’s County that accepts nonlocal pesticide containers is the Frederick County Landfill, 9031 Reich’s Ford Road, Frederick, MD 21704; collection dates are scheduled for June 18, July 23, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The pesticide container recycling program is free and open to all agricultural producers and pesticide applicators.

MDA inspectors will supervise the collection to ensure only triple rinsed or pressure rinsed, clean, plastic HDPE pesticide containers are collected. Specific guidelines and the inspection checklist for the empty pesticide containers and the recycling program itself can be viewed here.

For further information, contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section at 410-841-5710 or visit their website at

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