Retail Initial Discussion Topic - Universal Waste Pesticides & Waste Pesticide Collection Program

Contact: Christine Grossman 517-284-6860
Agency: Environmental Quality

Pesticides eligible for management as a universal waste include recalled, suspended or cancelled pesticides subject to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Control Act and unwanted stocks of unused pesticides collected and managed as part of a waste pesticide collection program.

Michigan defines a waste pesticide collection program as a program that collects waste pesticides for treatment and/or disposal at a licensed hazardous waste destination facility.  The waste pesticide collection program may be publicly or privately funded and may be publicly or privately operated. 

Michigan’s Clean Sweep program is an example of a publicly funded waste pesticide collection program.  It is implemented by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in coordination with local municipal household hazardous waste coordinators.  The Michigan Clean Sweep program provides for the collection of recalled, suspended, or cancelled pesticides and stocks of unwanted pesticides from farmers, commercial pesticide applicators and households. 

In Michigan, other facilities possessing pesticides subject to recall, suspension, or cancellation, and possessing unwanted stocks of pesticides may manage their unwanted pesticides as a universal waste if they have a waste pesticide collection program that meets Michigan’s universal waste rules and the following criteria:

  • Disposal – The universal waste destination location is a licensed hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility.
  • Shipments – Pesticides are transported in accordance with Part 121 by an Act 138 permitted and registered transporter or self- transported by the generator who maintains the spill insurance as specified under Act 138 for the transport of any liquid industrial by-product.  All transport must also meet applicable US DOT transport requirements.
  • Universal Waste Handlers – Any universal waste handler is owned and operated by the generator of the unwanted pesticides or is a licensed hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility.

For additional information regarding Michigan’s universal waste regulations, consider viewing the recorded universal waste webinar after printing the webinar notes or slides and/or reviewing the Universal Waste Guidance.