Cleanfarms partners with ag-retailers and municipalities to collect empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers from farmers across the country. Since the program began in 1989, more than 120 million empty containers have been collected.

What containers are included in the program?

Small (<23L) pesticide and fertilizer containers

This program focuses on the collection of containers that are <23L in size.

Farmers drop off clean empty <23L containers at the nearest collection site at no charge. After the containers are collected and processed, the plastic from the containers are then recycled into valuable materials that can be used back on the farm, such as farm drainage tile.

While this program primarily focuses on collecting pesticide and fertilizer containers used in agriculture, it is also used to recycle containers used in the public health, vegetation management and golf course industries. For more information about what types of containers can be returned to a Cleanfarms collection site, please contact us.

To learn more about the <23L container program:



Non-deposit bulk pesticide containers

All containers larger than 23 litres should be returned to the point of sale, usually an ag-retailer, for recycling or disposal. The ag-retailer will then work with the manufacturer or Cleanfarms to facilitate the recycling or re-use of the container. Contact us to learn more about this program. Additional information for retailers is available here.

What containers are not included in this program?

Containers used for home and garden care with the words ‘Domestic’ on their label should be disposed of through an appropriate municipal program, and not a Cleanfarms collection site.

Do your part – recycle all empty pesticide and fertilizer containers

The empty container recycling program plays an important role in protecting the environment by keeping recyclable materials out of landfills and preventing them from being burned.