Storing & Disposing of Pesticide Products

PIP-37 Store Pesticides Safely - information sheet provided by the Pesticide Information Program at Clemson University

Storm Storage

How to Reduce Storage

Disposal of Unused Pesticides

Storing Pesticides Prior to Use

Storage of pesticides in quantity (both general use (except for bleach products, disinfectant products, pet animal and tropical fish treatment products, sink drain and toilet bowl products, and paint products other than TBT paints) and restricted use items) by certified applicators, wholesalers, dealers and retailers must comply with the following:

  1. All pesticides stored in quantity must be stored in securely locked well ventilated rooms, well away from all food or feed items. The pesticides should be stored in such manner as to prevent fumes from contaminating food or feed.
  2. Pesticides should be separated during storage, preferably in bins, depending upon the type of pesticide. Each type of pesticide, i.e., herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc., must be stored separately from each other.
  3. Herbicides must not be stored in a bin on top of, or located above, any other type of pesticide, to preclude accidental contamination of other pesticides by leakage or spillage.
  4. Any pesticide container which is leaking or otherwise damaged must be immediately removed to an area where its contents will be fully contained in the event that its condition deteriorates further. The use of "overpack" containers or similar devices is sufficient to meet this requirement. Any pesticide material spilled or otherwise allowed to move outside of the container must be immediately cleaned up by an appropriate decontamination method. The location where any pesticide material has been spilled must likewise be immediately decontaminated by a method appropriate to the material spilled.

Selected Pesticide Storage web sites and publications:

  1. Handling and Storing Pesticides - An environmental self-assessment from the South Carolina Farm-A-Syst Program. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Water Quality Letter 17 (WQL 17). February 1996. 15pp (PDF).
  2. Pesticide Shelf Life and Safe Storage - Shelf life for about 20 pesticides, some pesticide safe storage tips. Cornell University Pesticide Management Education Program.
  3. CropLife International Guidelines for the safe warehousing of crop protection products - These guidelines deal with the safe warehousing of packaged crop protection products in quantities of 10 tonnes or more. However, it is recommended that the basic principles should be followed, if smaller amounts are stored. (PDF)
  4. On-Farm Pesticide Storage and Disposal Assistance - (PDF) pesticide stewardship publication from Croplife Foundation.
  5. Storing Pesticides for Next Season - From the Ohio State University Extension Service.
  6. Improving Storage and Handling of Pesticides - From the North Carolina State University Farm-A-Syst Program.
  7. Temperature Effects on Storage of Greenhouse, Ornamental and Turf Pesticides - University of Missouri Extension Publication IPM1012 by Fred Fishel. Lists storage temperature label statements for many fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides. (updated Apr 2002)
  8. Security Considerations for Agricultural Aircraft Operators - National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)and its membership have aggressively promoted enhanced security procedures. The NAAA reminds all agricultural aircraft operators to maintain, and where necessary, improve aircraft and operations security.