Granular and dust formulations often are packaged in plastic bags, waxed paper, or other water-resistant paper packaging. Completely empty the contents of paper-based containers as best as possible into your application equipment. Shake and tap the sides and bottom to dislodge particles. If bags have seams, open side seams with a utility knife (not your pocket knife) to loosen particles trapped in the seams. If paper or plastic bags are not emptied sufficiently and hold a pesticide product, the paper container might require handling by a hazardous waste contractor depending on the toxicity of the pesticide. Properly emptied bags can be taken to your local landfill or waste transfer station.
Compiled by Carol Ramsay