To help protect the environment, yourself and others, we have prepared this handy and easy to follow storage and disposal guide.
Storing garden chemicals
- Always store garden chemicals in their original containers. This is for safety reasons and is a legal requirement.
- After you have used a garden chemical, make sure that the packaging is tightly closed or sealed to avoid spillage.
- Store garden chemicals in a safe place, out of the reach of children and pets.
What to do with spillage
- If spillage onto a table or hard surface occurs then use a paper cloth to soak up the spill and put the soaked paper directly in the dry household waste.
- If spillage occurs onto plants you want to keep, then as soon as possible spray the contaminated leaves with clean water until you feel the Roundup has been fully washed off.
Spray dilution remains
- Concentrated garden chemicals that have been diluted for use and stored may not work as well when you next use them.
- Remember to only dilute enough for that day's use.
Disposing of garden chemicals
- Never pour garden chemicals down the drain.
- Whether you've diluted it or not, never pour garden chemicals down a drain or any other water drainage system (e.g. sink or toilet) because of the risk of contaminating water and harming wildlife. You could face prosecution.
Disposing the containers
- Garden chemical containers that have held concentrated product (i.e. requiring dilution before use) should be rinsed three times adding the washings to the final spray solution. The empty container can then be placed in household waste.
- Empty garden chemical containers that have held Ready-to-Use product (i.e. trigger sprays) can be disposed of directly into your household waste.
- Other empty garden chemical containers e.g. bags and cardboard boxes can also be disposed of in your household waste.
- Check the label for any other advice on disposal of the product or empty container.
- Do not burn any garden chemical packaging.
Disposing containers with obsolete product
- Although Roundup products have a very long storage stability, one may find very old product that is no longer clearly identifiable. Such container should be delivered to the local area where household chemical waste is recovered.
To find more information or to find your local disposal site go to:http://www.garden-care.org.uk/content/g_safe.aspx