What are the issues?
Pesticides are used and disposed of in both agricultural and residential settings, and they can pose significant risks to human health and the environment. Collecting and safely managing unused pesticides and pesticide containers is expensive, representing the second-highest cost to manage for household hazardous waste programs, after paint. This cost is a burden on taxpayers that limits the availability of safe collection options around the country.
What is PSI doing to help?
The recent success of extended producer responsibility programs for paint has sparked interest in similar approaches for other household hazardous waste products, including pesticides and pesticide containers. PSI is part of a national dialogue to explore opportunities for pesticide manufacturers, retailers, and other industry stakeholders to join with governments to better manage pesticide manufacture, use, storage, and disposal.
PSI is beginning a multi-year project with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection that covers a number of products including pesticides and pesticide containers. As part of this project, PSI will develop a briefing paper to identify goals for a national dialogue, and also highlight barriers to achieving these goals. PSI will also hold a series of strategic calls with government officials, manufacturers, retailers and other key stakeholders to develop potential strategies for Connecticut and other states.
California passes an extended producer responsibility law for agricultural pesticide containers. This mandatory program is run by the industry-run Pesticide Stewardship Alliance.
In 2001, the U.S. EPA implemented a labeling measure aimed to reduce the unsafe disposal of toxic pesticides in the home.
PSI began its preliminary work on pesticides in 2000, when we developed a Draft Product Stewardship Action Plan
with the help of state and local government officials. This draft Action Plan was presented and discussed at the national Product Stewardship Forum coordinated by PSI in December 2000.
To view existing pesticides laws in the U.S., visit our State EPR Laws page. To view pending and active pesticides legislation in the U.S.—privileged content available exclusively to PSI Members and Partners—login here.
For more information, please contact Suna Bayrakal at (617) 671-0616.