Delaware Department of

Pesticides Calendar of Events

Pesticide Container Recycling


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The Pesticide Section, in cooperation with the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), provides an empty pesticide container recycling program in the State of Delaware. This program has collected and shredded for recycling, over 100,000 HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic containers since its inception in 1993.

The 2022 Schedule for Pesticide Container Recycling is EVERY THIRD THURSDAY for the months of April through October from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. HDPE pesticide containers are collected at the Sussex Conservation District, maintenance yard on Shortly Rd, Georgetown, Delaware (about ¼ mile west of Rt. 113 intersection with Shortly Road). If growers or commercial applicators have large quantities of containers to recycle (greater than 100), on-site pickup by the Department can be arranged.

Before accepting empty containers for recycling, they are closely inspected for cleanliness (they must be triple rinsed or equivalent). Labels should also be removed if they are not glued to the container.

After acceptance and delivery to the Department’s recycling facility, the containers are baled and stored for later shipment to a recycling plant. The containers are processed and the plastic is reused to make park benches, pallets, pilings, fence posts, etc. They are not used in consumer packaging.

To arrange a pickup or drop-off, please contact Jimmy Hughes, Environmental Program Manager, or Kenda Galipo, Administrative Specialist III.


Applicator: Exam Dates

The Department of Agriculture will be conducting testing once every 45 days at the designated location as specified by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

The exam dates for 2023 are as follows:

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

LocationDelaware State Fairgrounds, Ag Education Bldg 644 Fairgrounds Road, Harrington, DE 19952

For TESTING arrive by 12:45 p.m. in the AG Education Building to give time for general announcements and check-in before testing begins at 1 p.m.

For Pre-Cert CORE Manual/Private Applicator REVIEW, arrive by 8:45 a.m. in the AG Education Building before testing begins at 9 a.m.

Information on the latest Pesticide applicator exam schedule, and forms and/or applications can be found on the pesticides forms and resources page.


Pesticide Advisory Committee

This Committee advises the Department on any and all problems relating to the sale, use, disposal, and storage of pesticides in the State.

The next Pesticide Advisory Committee meeting will be held on December 9, 2021, at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Conference Center from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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