People usually don't give too much thought to empty pesticide containers. After use, it is easy to assume that the container poses no threat and you can dispose of it in any way you like. Well, that is far from right. According to studies, as much as 4% of pesticide can still be present in what you think is an empty 5 gallon can. Such a container needs to be disposed of properly; otherwise, it can result to accidental poisoning of animals and human beings. The following steps reveal how you can safely dispose of empty pesticide containers.
Step 1: Clean The Container
Before throwing the container away, you must empty and rinse it first. Wearing gloves, open the cap of the pesticide container, and empty the contents -- if any -- of the container into a sprayer. Then fill the pesticide container to about one-fifth full of water. Replace the cap of the container and shake the container thoroughly for 30 seconds. Drain the rinsate (rinse water) into the sprayer and repeat the process two more times. After rinsing the inside, rinse the outside as well. Use the rinsate in the sprayer for whatever purpose the pesticide was intended for.
Step 2: Punch The Container
The next step is to make sure that the container cannot be reused. For this reason, remove the label booklet and the foil seal. Then punch holes in the container to ensure that it can't hold any fluid. For glass containers that can't be punched, break the glass into pieces before disposal.
Step 3: Get Rid Of The Container
There are different ways you can choose from when it comes to getting rid of pesticide containers. One is throwing the container in your regular trash. But never throw away the container before making sure that it is not reusable.
Another way is to bury the container deep into the ground. However, choosing a burial site is not as straightforward as you may think. The site should not be near any source of water and the pit should be created with a depth of around 50 centimeters. Such depth will make it hard for the hole to be uncovered by human and animal activities. The bottom of the hole should be above the ground water level by two meters. And once you are done with burying the containers, fence the pit area and leave some sort of sign that will help other people understand what is buried in the area.
Contact a rubbish removal company for more information on properly disposing of pesticide containers.