Paper and Plastic Bags

Applicator loading pesticide dust from a bagGranular 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.

Helpful Links

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance


Compiled by Carol Ramsay

Washington State University Extension