UNL Extension Pesticide Container Recycling Program Begins 23rd Year
For over 20 years, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension Program has been effectively running a pesticide container recycling program. The program recycled nearly 35-tons of containers in 2013 alone, leaving them with a 22-year total of over 1,000 tons of plastic pesticide containers. The program’s mission is to provide the farming community with safe, reliable, and cost-effective means for recycling their dangerous (environmentally and otherwise) waste. The plastic refuse is transformed into industrial and consumer products, such as shipping pallets, drain tile, and parking lot tire bumpers. The longevity of success this program has endured speaks to not only the need to recycle, but also the want to recycle as evident from community volunteers, without whom this program would never take off as it has.