As of August 2011, all refillable containers must have a tamper-evident device or a one-way valve on each opening. Applicators should not break the tamper-evident device or valve unless specifically directed by the re-filler. Applicators and mixer/loaders need to empty their refillable container or shuttle as much as possible. Return refillable containers or shuttles to the dealer. The dealer has the responsibility to refill the container with pesticide only or process it for disposal. Do not reuse this container for any other purpose. The re-filler is responsible for cleaning before refilling.
Dealers have specific requirements for handling bulk pesticide repackaging to accommodate the return and refill of greater than 55 gallons of liquid or 100 pounds of dry material. If the same product is used for refilling, this activity can be done without cleaning the container if the container is returned with the intact tamper-evident devices and valves. If the dealer wishes to place a pesticide in a container that is different than the pesticide the container previously held, the dealer must thoroughly clean the container according to the written instructions of the registrant of the product being placed in the container. Once refilled, a new tamper-resistant device must be installed. Both the dealer and the registrant of the pesticide being sold or distributed are liable for any cross-contamination or other adulteration which may occur.
For more information about the pesticide container requirements, see:
- American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance – Guidance Documents Relating to USEPA Pesticide Container & Containment Regulations
- EPA Pesticide Container and Containment Rule
Compiled by Carol Ramsay