Pesticide Container Residue Removal Training Materials


In May 2008, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations published Guidelines on Management Options for Empty Pesticide Containers. These guidelines establish the FAO ideals for empty pesticide container management and provide instructions for emptying and rinsing smaller containers that can be held in hands and larger containers too heavy to be held in hands (drums). This FAO Container Management Guidance document is published in the six accepted FAO languages. Implementing this guidance is a task before the world community.

In 2008, The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) recognized the contribution of the FAO Container Management Guidelines toward pesticide container stewardship and this project was funded to: (1) better implement the Guidelines; and (2) address, if possible, situations where even the most basic resources for pesticide management and communications were stressed or lacking, and yet dramatically improve the acquisition and retention of fundamental pesticide stewardship principles.

The FAO Container Management Guidance, if followed as written, would be a significant improvement on most regional, public and private stewardship practices around the globe. Therefore, this project is not attempting to change the message of this FAO Guidance in any way, but strives to provide a visual supplement and suggestions for the development of training materials to transfer knowledge of a few, but extremely important sections on cleaning pesticide containers and even more important points regarding final container disposition. Specifically, the project targets Section 1.5.5 Triple Rinsing for containers small enough to shake and for containers that are too large to shake; Section 1.5.6 Pressure Rinsing; and select, important messages from subsequent sections on rendering containers unusable and brief messages regarding final disposition. In the training documents, any words taken directly from the 2008 FAO Guidance are printed in italics. If the author or others believed that the FAO contributors intended or should have intended additional language for clarity and completeness, those words are printed in normal type font.

The author, using the numerous comments and support from TPSA and others around the globe, has attempted to provide a flexible collection of tools for training pesticide users on pesticide container residue removal and basic stewardship. The images themselves do not stand alone; just as words alone sometimes lack the necessary ability to convey ideas. Yet, the two together – words (in the language of the trainee) plus images -- can and often do have that impact.

The document “Visual Aids to Training” provides background information and describes the training materials. The four packages of instructions for cleaning pesticide containers are provided in three formats: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

  • The Adobe Acrobat or *.pdf version is useful for a trainer interested in accepting the package as written and drawn with no modifications.
  • The Word version is presented only in the international A4 paper size format. North American and a few Latin American users attempting to print these pages on “Letter” size format will find that some image spacing and particularly footnote formatting will be disturbed. By referring to the Adobe Acrobat version, the trainer should be able to adjust the formatting for proper presentation. The training materials can be printed in booklet form or scaled up to poster size to be used as flip charts
  • A separate file of basic raw images is also included in PowerPoint format for that medium of training. Any of the three formats can with the appropriate software/scanner be used as a source for converting and saving a graphical file that can then be digitally modified and reassembled to convey a custom message appropriate for any geographical area or nation.

One other file format is included, and that is a collection of triple rinsing images assembled into a B3 poster paper format. The file is presented in Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf ) and Word format to allow trainers to customize the text and graphics for conveying the message intended. Posters do not take the place of training but are a helpful reminder to those who have been trained about the steps necessary for effective residue removal. Designers and promoters of training programs also have the opportunity to change the format and colors of the poster and even add a logo and other contact information of the sponsoring organization.

The author, Arrowchase, and TPSA intend that these training materials be freely used for promoting the safe use and appropriate final disposition of pesticide and other crop protection containers. Nevertheless, all rights are reserved. Reproduction and dissemination of these materials for educational and other non-commercial purposes are authorized without any prior written permission from the copyright holders provided the source is fully acknowledged. Reproduction of material in this package for sale or other commercial purposes is prohibited without written permissions of the copyright holders, TPSA and Arrowchase.

The author-manager of this effort, Rob Denny of Arrowchase Environmental Project Management, The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance, and the many persons who contributed to this program, have attempted to provide a collection of useful tools to trainers for pesticide container residue removal. Despite many hours of effort, we know that there is room for improvement and possibly even errors. If you have suggestions for changes or improvements that you would like to see, please contact: Robert L. (Rob) Denny, Vilnius, Lithuania, [email protected]

Training Material Document


Triple Rinsing Small Containers (3RS Series)


Triple Rinsing Large Containers (3RL Series)


Pressure Rinsing Small Containers (PRS Series)


Pressure Rinsing Large Containers (PRL Series)


Posters – Triple Rinsing Small Containers