Properly rinsed pesticide containers save money and protect people and the environment, especially groundwater. Proper rinsing is required to recycle containers. Rinsing pesticide containers is important to accomplish the end goal of making containers a nonhazardous solid waste, and insuring that all of the pesticide, including that in the rinsate, is used on the target.
The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the Cooperative Extension Service hold pesticide container collections in most counties. Call the DPR at (864) 646 2150 (Clemson) or (803) 736 7680 (Columbia), or your county Extension office for information. For large containers over 6 gallons, contact your pesticide dealer or pesticide company representative for information on programs they may have.