The characteristics of pesticides require proper storage and, if needed, proper disposal of unused or waste pesticide products in order to protect human health and the environment. The storage of pesticides is regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) , which governs the sale, distribution and use of pesticides in the U.S. Pesticides are regulated under FIFRA until they are disposed, after which they are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) which ensures responsible management of hazardous and nonhazardous waste. Some, but not all, pesticides are regulated as hazardous waste when disposed. The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates the transport of hazardous materials . Some, but not all, pesticides are regulated as DOT hazardous materials while in commerce. The Department has developed several guidance documents on storage, mixing and loading documents. The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regulates and provides guidance on hazardous waste disposal. Below are links to various guidance documents for storage, transport, mixing and loading, and disposal of pesticides.
Storage, Mixing and Loading
- Pesticide Storage Mixing and Loading guidelines for applicators.
- Pesticide Storage and Handling for Homeowners
- EPA Pesticide Storage and Disposal Site
- EPA Proposed Containment Rule
Hazardous Waste and Spill Response