Disposal of chemicals

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by fglong, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. fglong

    fglong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I'm in Florida but my daughter in massachusetts has a next door neighbor that runs an application business out his house, six trucks, vans, with gas powered granular spreaders. When the applicaters get back to his house at end of day, they walk the spreaders to the side of his house and use the hose to clean the machines. How can this be legal? My daughter says she often feels neaseaous sp? when outside, but when I saw this while visiting, I don't wonder why. One guy had a lot of buildup on spreader, so he must have quite a lot of chem leeching thru his gravel drive. Any thoughts licensed apps?
  2. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,899

    Your best bet would be to have your daughter call code enforcement and lodge a complaint. If the LCO is breaking the law, he'll be warned.
  3. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 275

    Really ?? I have a few yard that get 200 lbs of fert, and you are complaining of rinsed residue off a spreader ? :hammerhead:
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    What if the guy is hosing off a spreader that has a Pre-Em in it or Insecticide?

  5. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    Regardless of whether or not the product washed out of those spreader's is doing any harm or not, it is illegal for ANY business to rinse out spreader's at a private home like that in ANY state in the US. A homeowner could do it, not a business. You are setting yourself up for a lawsuit that you WILL lose doing it like that.
  6. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,064

    How true. Any wash out of equipment is supposed to be done at the site of usage. Doing it at home is turning your yard into a chemical disposal site.
  7. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,924

    Around here some of the LCO, Mexi's using old gas as weed killer and chemical edge........its getting crazy....
  8. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 275

    Hmmm, just re-read this and see that it's a residence. In what town are you allowed to run a business of that size from a residence in Ma ?? Is he even legit ? :confused:
  9. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    They should be used not disposed of however washing equipment is legal provided it does not go down the storm drain. Is the grass dead where he washes?
  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,064

    In Taxachussetts and Moscow York, there might be laws about how you are required to collect washings from equipment and turn it over to Hazmat. For a very hefty fee. I am glad that the law in my state is to clean out equipment on site of usage. Creation and storage of hazardous wastes is neither mandated nor allowed.

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