Environmentally sound management of pesticide wastes and empty pesticide containers is in everyone's best interest. Accidental release or indiscriminate discharge of pesticide waste into the environment can harm people and contaminate surface and groundwater. Pesticide-contaminated water poses a hazard to non-target organisms such as plants, beneficial insects, fish and other aquatic life.
For detailed information on the management of waste pesticides, refer to the Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 340, Division 109. Universal waste rules are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 273 and Chapter 340, Division 113.
Applicable State Rules
The rules that apply to managing pesticide waste can be found in Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 340 in the following Divisions:
- Division 100 - Hazardous Waste Management System: General
- Division 101 - Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste
- Division 102 - Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste
- Division 109 - Management of Pesticide Wastes
- Division 113 - Universal Waste Management
- Division 142 - Oil and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Requirements