How to Reduce In-Home and On-Farm Hazardous Waste Storage

  • Reduce the amount of potentially hazardous chemicals you store by buying only the amount you need at the time. Additional product should be purchased only when needed.
  • Choose to use least toxic products, so that if you must store them, they have the least potential to cause harm to people or the environment.
  • If you must store chemical products, store only small amounts of them and store them in their original containers.
  • Before using any chemical product, always read the label and use the product according to label directions.
  • If a chemical requires mixing, be careful to mix only the amount you need to complete the job at hand.
  • Triple rinse or pressure rinse empty containers immediately after use. Use the rinse water on a labeled site, and dispose of the containers according to label instructions.
  • Calibrate pesticide application equipment before beginning and re-check it before finishing a job.
  • Try to reduce the number of empty pesticide containers that must be disposed of by buying products in mini-bulk or returnable containers.