All chemicals, chemical containers and packaging, and other wastes should be disposed of properly. There is usually no safe and legal way to dispose of leftover pesticide from professional applications and therefore all of the chemical must be used according to directions on the label. Pesticide specific waste handling requirements are discussed in the “Pesticide Management” section.
Best Management Practices
- Collect used solvents and degreasers, place them into containers marked with the contents and the date, and then have them picked up by a service that properly recycles or disposes of them. Never mix used oil or other liquid material with the used solvents.
- Collect used oil, oil filters, and antifreeze in separate, marked containers and recycle them as directed by local and state authorities. The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) administers the Maryland Used Oil Recycling Program.
- Lead-acid batteries should be properly recycled. If not, they are classified as hazardous waste.
- Store old batteries on impervious surfaces where they are protected from rainfall and recycle them as soon as possible.
- Recycle used tires.
- Recycle or dispose of fluorescent tubes and other lights.
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