Glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is a pesticide that has garnered a lot of criticism lately for its links to cancer. Many people have stopped using the chemical on their weeds but wonder what to do with the extra product they have lying around. Because it is considered household hazardous waste, getting rid of roundup is not as simple as throwing it in the trash or dumping it down the drain.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is a weedkiller made of glyphosate. It’s been around since the 1970’s and has been one of the most popular weedkillers for decades. The chemical is popular because it works. Very shortly after glyphosate is sprayed on a plant it turns brown and dies, almost as if by magic.
The ease with which this chemical kills plants began to make people wonder if it was safe to be spraying around their homes and crops. Nonetheless, decades went by after its inception without concrete evidence that it may be unsafe.
Until 2000, glyphosate was patented and was only sold under the Roundup brand name. Since then, many other companies have begun selling the chemical under different brand names.
Why is Roundup Dangerous?
In recent years, the manufacturer of Roundup has garnered a lot of criticism for allegedly covering up concerns surrounding the safety of the weedkiller. Tens of thousands of people have filed lawsuits against Bayer , alleging that Roundup caused their (or their loved one’s) cancer.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a Group 2A probable carcinogen. The harmful effects of the weedkiller seem to be particularly detrimental among people who regularly used Roundup for years and who used it without protective clothing and other coverings.
How to Get Rid of Roundup
Knowing that the active ingredient in Roundup — glyphosate — may cause cancer in humans, it makes sense that you should take care when you get rid of it. When you realize how dangerous Roundup can be, you might be tempted to get rid of it any way you can as quickly as you can. Not disposing of the chemical properly can perpetuate the cycle of glyphosate being in our environment. Do your part and follow the proper protocols to get rid of Roundup.
If you’ve decided to stop using Roundup but have extra in your home, you should not throw it in the trash, dump it down the drain, dump it down the street drain, or flush it down the toilet.
Roundup needs to be disposed of as hazardous household waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pesticides like Roundup can harm fish, plants, and other wildlife if they’re not disposed of properly. They can also be returned into your drinking water if your local waste management is not able to filter out all of the pesticides.
If you have Roundup in your home, here is how you can properly dispose of it:
- First, check the label for any product-specific disposal instructions.
- Contact your local health department, state environmental agency, or waste management authority. Ask them for your local options to dispose of household hazardous waste.
- If you’re having trouble gathering information from local authorities, call 1-800-CLEANUP or visit www.earth911.com .
- You can also try contacting local nurseries, landscapers, farms, or garden services. They may be able to help you dispose of your leftover Roundup or advise you on how they dispose of these materials.
- When you dispose of Roundup or clean out the containers after disposal, wear proper gloves and eye coverings to reduce your risk of exposure to the chemical.
Avoid following general information you find online regarding Roundup disposal. This is likely to be good advice, but hazardous waste disposal guidelines vary by region. Your local or state laws may be more strict than the general guidelines, so do your due diligence to find out the exact requirements in your area
It may be tempting to think that just one container of Roundup down the drain or in the trash won’t make a difference. This is a very dangerous mindset that can harm plants, wildlife, and even yourself.
After you’ve disposed of your Roundup, you should not re-use the containers for anything, and especially not for something that will be consumed by humans or animals. Leftover glyphosate can leach into anything you put into the container. If you decide to use a safer weedkilling alternative , be sure to store it in a clean container that was never used to store glyphosate.
To get rid of your used Roundup containers, rise them thoroughly after disposing of the chemical inside. Ideally, you should also dispose of your rinse water the same way you disposed of the Roundup initially. Then, you can recycle the container. alt=”line” width=”112″ height=”3″ />
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Roundup is a brand-name herbicide that contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Monsanto, an American agricultural chemical company, first sold the herbicide commercially in 1974. It produced a wide range of weed killers and other products under the Roundup brand. German drug and chemical giant Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018 and began phasing out the Monsanto company name. But Bayer continues to make and market Roundup.
Originally developed for large-scale farming operations, Roundup is now available in home and garden versions and has become a popular household weed killer among consumers. Roundup was a revolutionary new herbicide when it hit the market in the 1970s. It and other pesticides that contain the active ingredient glyphosate are the most widely used herbicides in the world. Recent research has produced conflicting evidence as to whether these pesticides cause cancer in people exposed to them.
In 2015, a United Nations agency listed the active ingredient in Roundup as “probably carcinogenic.” The announcement set off a controversy over whether a link between glyphosate and cancer exists. Courts and regulatory agencies have had conflicting reactions to the connection claim.
In 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft report that concluded glyphosate is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans. The EPA is still reviewing data on the herbicide to determine whether it is a harmful product. California courts have taken up lawsuits over glyphosate exposure, and a jury in 2018 awarded a multimillion-dollar verdict to a man who blamed the chemical for his cancer.
Never Dump Hazardous Chemicals Down the Drain
While dumping hazardous chemicals down the drain may not present an immediate concern to you, it can endanger the environment as well as the lives of others. It’s important to remember that just because a substance is a liquid, does not mean it can go down the drain or be flushed down the toilet.
In order to safely dispose of pesticides yourself, it’s important to examine individual labels and do your research before throwing them out. When disposing of pesticides yourself, it’s also important to make sure that you are not at risk of contaminating your water system, and that you are taking precautions to ensure that these hazardous chemicals do not touch your skin.
How To Dispose Of Roundup Safely
The National Pesticide Information Center gives their tips on disposing of pesticides in a safe manner by following instructions:
- Never dispose of unwanted product in drains, sinks, lavatories, watercourses or ditches.
- If you do have unwanted garden care chemicals, you will need to dispose of them through the local waste authority.
- Empty ready to use containers, these can now be placed in household recycling.
- Empty concentrated containers (i.e. requiring dilution for use) should be rinsed three times, adding the washings to your final spray solution and then disposed of in general household waste.
- Containers that have held concentrated product are NOT suitable for recycling.
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If you are still unsure of how to dispose of Roundup or any other hazardous chemicals, you should contact your local waste company directly and enquire as to the best way to go about it. It’s possible that they may offer a pickup service for hazardous materials, in order to ensure that they are disposed of correctly.
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.
Products containing glyphosate may cause eye or skin irritation. People who breathed in spray mist from products containing glyphosate felt irritation in their nose and throat. Swallowing products with glyphosate can cause increased saliva, burns in the mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
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Now that we are in the middle of a busy gardening season, you may find yourself with a couple of empty containers of weed killer or insect spray, and wondering what is a safe way to dispose of them.
The answer is actually quite simple. Once they are empty, you can dispose of them with your household trash.
For any container that held a concentrated pesticide (i.e. one that you mixed with water in your own sprayer), first make sure that it is thoroughly rinsed out. Note, however, that the rinse water should be poured into the sprayer and then sprayed out as if you were making an actual application. Thus, for example, the rinse water from a bottle of weed killer should be sprayed out onto a weedy area.
You might think that sending them to a landfill is not very environmentally friendly. Yes, we do have recycling programs for empty pesticide containers, but those programs are designed for farmers and commercial pesticide applicators that may have dozens of large empty containers. Under no circumstance should empty pesticide containers be placed in your household recycling bin with soda bottles and soup cans.
A better way to lessen your environmental impact is to buy pesticides only when you really need them, and only the amount you need. Buying small containers may cost more per ounce, but is often a better value all things considered.
For containers that have product in them that you no longer need, there are basically three options:
1. Use it up according to the instructions.
2. Carry it to a local household hazardous waste event or location, if offered by your local government (many do not).
3. Take it to a Pesticide Disposal Day offered by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These are conducted in each NC county once every two years. See a schedule of upcoming collection days, or call your County Extension Center.
Note that disposal recommendations may vary slightly from product to product, and you should always follow any disposal instructions provided on the product label.
Pokeweed in your yard is every gardener’s worst nightmare. This invasive weed not only unwelcome but contains toxic sap that can cause pokeweed rash and if ingested can even prove fatal.
It is important to get this invasive weed under control for the safety of your family, pets, or livestock.
Despite its deep taproot and quick spreading habit, our experts share 6 easy steps on how to get rid of pokeweed from your garden or allotment.
What Is Pokeweed
Pokeweed, otherwise known as Phytolacca americana, is an herbaceous perennial weed native to the Southeastern United States. It has expanded into other parts of the country, making it a widespread nuisance. It is sometimes called Pokeroot, Pigeon Berry, Cancer Root, Inkberry Coakun, American Nightshade, Pokan Bush, or simply, Poke.
This noxious weed multiplies quickly with each pokeweed plant producing as many as 50,000 seeds throughout its life. Each seed can be distributed through animals such as birds when eaten, leading to widespread distribution. Pokeweed seeds can remain viable for up to forty years under the right conditions.
Pokeweed grows easily in U.S. hardiness zones two through eleven. If you live in one of these zones, you likely have pokeweed somewhere near you. It grows rampantly in disturbed areas, such as fields or pastures, but you can also find it growing in the woods or worst still…your garden.
You won’t want it to stay there, because it can be dangerous to animals and people and will crowd out your valuable vegetable and flower beds.
Is Pokeweed Poisonous or Toxic
All parts of pokeweed are considered toxic. Saponins and Oxalates are the main chemical compounds found in pokeweed that are toxins. The root of the plant is the most poisonous part, while the berries are the least, with the rest of the plant falling in between.
Children are most often poisoned by eating the dark-colored berries of the plant, making it especially dangerous in domestic locations. It only takes a few morsels of berries to deliver potentially fatal results in infants and young children.
Livestock can also suffer from the toxicity of this weed, but in practice, it’s not the most palatable of meals for them, so they will generally avoid eating it.
It can be a different story if livestock hay becomes mixed with pokeweed, or contaminated by berry secretions. In this case, it can be consumed in lethal quantities. Care should be taken to make sure pokeweed is not mixed in with livestock hay or bedding.
Pokeweed poisoning begins with a burning sensation in the mouth after ingestion. It may also cause cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. If large amounts of the weed have been ingested, pokeweed poisoning may cause convulsions, respiratory failure, and lead to death.
Although some people claim that young shoots can be eaten when cooked, many people have been poisoned due to improper preparation so it’s best avoided.
Always protect exposed skin when handling pokeweed or you could end up with a poison ivy-like rash, known as pokeweed rash, after coming in contact with any part of the plant.
Contact with pokeweed sap can cause a blister-like itchy rash similar to poison ivy and other botanical irritants. So when looking at how to get rid of pokeweed be sure to wear gloves, long sleeves, and long pants to help the skin from pokeweed rash.
After handling the plant, make sure you wash clothes thoroughly to remove any sap that may have come in contact with the fabrics.
If you believe you’ve come into contact with pokeweed, wash the affected area immediately. If a mild rash develops, you can treat it at home with calamine lotion. But if any further symptoms develop contact your doctor immediately.
Prevention is always best when it comes to pokeweed rash, so wear protection at all times.
Poke Weed Identification
The leaves of the plant can be anywhere from five to ten inches long. They are dark green on top, and pinkish underneath, and somewhat egg-shaped with a smooth surface.
Pokeweed grows long clusters of white-green flowers with each flower developing into a pokeberry. It’s not difficult to identify if you know what you are looking for. It appears as a large bush or a small tree, growing to about ten feet in height.
It has a very long fleshy, white taproot that can grow up to six inches in diameter. It can also be identified by its smooth, tall, reddish-purple stems. Multiple stems can grow out of a single tap root, and they sprawl off in several directions. The stems are thick and hollow.
Pokeweed berries are very similar in appearance to dark purple grapes, growing in hanging, clusters. This makes them a particularly high risk to children who mistake the pokeweed berry for the more familiar grape or other tasty berries.
One of the tell-tale differences between grapes and pokeweed berries is the reddish stems on the pokeweed compared to the woody stems of grapes.
Eating just a couple of berries can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and in extreme cases even lead to death.
Elderberry Vs Pokeberry
Elderberries are another plant with similar upright growth habits and clumps of purplish berries to pokeweed. But with a little bit of knowledge, you can spot the difference quite easily.
First, elderberry fruits are much smaller than pokeberries being about the size of a BB shot (4mm), while pokeberries are around twice the size and similar in diameter to a garden pea (8mm).
If you look closely, you can see that elderberries grow in wide flat clumps of berries, while pokeberries can be seen in long, dangly overlapping clusters of fruit.
There is also a notable difference between the stems of elderberry and pokeberry. Elderberry stems are woody and flecked, resembling a small tree branch. The stems are a darker brownish color, and only the small stems of the berries are a deep red in color.
Whereas the pokeberry stem is smooth, hollow, and more succulent in texture. The entire stem of a pokeberry plant is a purplish red color along its full length.
The leaf arrangements of the plants are also a good way to tell them apart. Elderberry leaves are opposite of each other in pairs, whilst pokeberry leaves appear in an alternating pattern along the branch.
When in doubt, never eat berries that you cannot positively identify. They have the same challenges as mushrooms or fungi, with so many of them potentially harmful, yet similar in appearance.
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Improper disposal of weed killers can allow chemicals to leak into storm drains, roadside ditches and from there, into lakes and rivers. They can enter our drinking water through the ground water and can cause potentially dangerous chemical reactions and illnesses to humans and animals. Disposing of weed killers properly is crucial, but not difficult.
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Read the weed killer’s label and follow its disposal directions carefully. Watch for words such as “Warning,” “Danger” or “Caution.” Call the phone number listed on the label if you have more questions about use or disposal of a particular weed killer.
Take leftover weed killer to a local household waste disposal facility. This is the best solution for large quantities of weed killer. There is often no charge for this service.
Store extra weed killer until your waste management company has a hazardous waste pick up day. Call to find out when a waste collection day is scheduled for your community.
Use absorbent material, such as cat litter or cloth towels, to clean up a weed killer spill. Place all contaminated material in a spill-proof container and dispose of it as you would excess weed killer.
Throw empty weed killer containers in the trash. Do not put them in a recycle bin.
Think carefully before buying weed killer. Reduce waste and save money by purchasing only as much as you need. This will help lessen the amount of unneeded and unused weed killer.
Look for natural weed killers whenever possible.
Until you can dispose of it properly, store unused weed killer in its original container in a location inaccessible to children and pets.
Never pour weed killer into the sink, toilet or any indoor or outdoor drain.
Never pour leftover weed killer on the ground.
Never bury empty weed killer containers.
Never burn empty weed killer containers.
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.
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.
Although Roundup products have a very long storage stability, one may find very old product that is no longer clearly identifiable. Such containers should be delivered to the local area where household chemical waste is recovered.
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I have just discovered I have some Deadly Nightshade plants growing on my property, and I’m not sure of the best way to deal with them. The plants seem pretty well established – they must be about 2 meters high.
My thinking is along the following:
First pick off the berries and dispose of these (i.e. throw them in my tip – I have kids and would prefer these are not around)
Next spray the plants with glyphosate on a sunny morning and leave for a few weeks.
Cut the top half of the plants and burn (or chop into logs and put into tip. Attempt to pull the bottom half of the plants out and burn, along with the roots. If the plants won’t come out at roots, cut them off at ground level.
Is this a practical solution – are there better ideas?
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Where I live in USDA zone 4 deadly nightshade is weakly climbing vine up to six feet or 2 M. There are patches around the neighbourhood.
It can be eradicated over a few years by hand pulling. If the roots put up a fight a sharp spade will do the job. Dispose of the material by bagging to the garbage.
Follow up every spring to remove seedlings.
Personally I would pick up the plant and dispose it as garbage.
Between nightshade and glyphosate, what is the most dangerous? I think the second one.
Additionally I would not burn such plant. I think it could release in the air the active drugs.
As others have pointed out, it is important to identify which “deadly nightshade” is the issue here. At least two plants are known by this name, the low growing vining Solanum dulcamara, an innocent little weed that causes panic among some people and the more troubling Atropa belladonna. The first one has the unfortunate property that the berries look like red and green jelly beans when maturing and parents have visions of kids seeing them as edible and randomly picking them and being poisoned. These concerns are not well founded, but it is natural for parents to exaggerate slight probabilities where their kids are concerned.
If the plant in question here is bushy (sounds like it might be) then it is likely A. belladonna, in which case the berries are poisonous and care is needed. These purple berries are not as attractive so present less of an issue. One solution, since this is not an invasive species, is to leave the plants as is as curiosities and take the time to show visitors and children carefully that the plants and berries should not be touched. The children can pass on the message to others.
Kids learn this kind of thing very fast. I recall as kids we had ready access to yew berries, which have a very poisonous seed surrounded by an edible fleshy layer. I don’t recall any discussion about eradicating yew trees due to the poisonous seed, even though the berries are attractive.
The best way to get rid of Buddleia is by cutting it as close to the ground as possible. Then spray Rosate 360/a strong version of Glyphosate on the remaining plant. This is probably the most efficient way to get rid of Buddleia. You’ll notice visible results in few weeks.
Buddleia is considered to be an invasive plant. Buddleia is commonly called as a Butterfly bush. Buddleia produces a lot of nectar.
These plants however do not help butterflies thrive in your garden. They don’t help butterflies thrive and produce progeny. So, don’t go by the name of this plant.
Why are Butterfly bushes bad?
Butterfly bush produces a lot of nectar, attracting a lot of butterflies. At a point, butterflies only collect nectar from this plant.
This becomes an issue for other flowering plants in your garden. They won’t get pollinated. The other, native plants’ existence becomes difficult.
Butterfly bush is not a native plant to the US or the UK. The plant originated in the eastern world. Experts don’t like their gardens to be ruined by Buddleia.
Buddleia is spreading so fast in the US that it’s termed as a noxious weed. As this species is exotic it doesn’t have many predators or pests.
Buddleia can reproduce rapidly and thus is a real problem to gardeners all over the US. The plant is spreading to new areas rapidly. So it is ideal to control its spread.
Buddleia growing through wall?
Buddleia can grow in the cracks and crevices of walls. Buddleia popularly grows in the smallest of the crevices.
You can uproot such Buddleia plants easily though. Butterfly bushes that grow in the cracks and crevices aren’t that established.
Buddleia has a habit of spreading rapidly in an area. They even grow in the cracks of the wall to accomplish their dominance in an area.
How to remove Buddleia from wall?
You can spray weed killer with a water gun directly on the Buddleia outgrowth. You may want to do this when the weather is dry.
You’d only get rid of the shoot if you spray weed killer on Buddleia. The root stays intact inside the brick wall. Picking the weed by hand is effective as far as I know.
Buddleia damage to buildings
Buddleia spreads via tiny, wind-borne seeds. These seeds fall into a variety of places including places with crumbling brick walls.
Buddleia can grow anywhere as it has no specific pests/predators. The plant has thus become an issue all over the US.
Buddleia can penetrate its roots through the brick walls, damaging the walls.
Can Buddleia damage foundations?
Yes, Buddleia can damage foundations of buildings. Buddleia roots grow into the foundations. Get rid of Buddleia as soon as you see it.
If the butterfly bush is small dig it out or pull it with your hand. If the Buddleia spread across an area you may want to inject herbicides directly into these weeds.
Buddleia growing in chimney?
I’ve seen Buddleia grow in the chimney. This happens when some airborne seeds of Buddleia fall in the cracks/crevices of the chimney wall.
Buddleia can cause great damage to the walls. So, if you find Buddleia in your chimney, get rid of the weed as soon as possible.
If it’s hard to reach for you, contact any weed removal company and they will be able to sort it out. Make sure you get rid of the roots.
Repair the brick work if Buddleia has already damaged it considerably.
Do Buddleia have deep roots?
Yes, Buddleia have an extensive root system. As we already discussed Buddleia roots remain in the brick wall if you pull it out with hands.
Buddleia don’t have the typical tap root system. This is the reason why Butterfly bush plant is immune to root rot disease.
Though Buddleia doesn’t have a taproot system it still entangles its roots in the bricks of old walls.
How do I get rid of Buddleia roots?
Cut off the Buddleia as close to the ground as possible. Cover the remains of the plant with a black cover so that no sunlight reaches the plant. This would kill the roots of the plant.
One can follow other methods to get rid of the entire plant in one-go.
You need to keep in mind that Buddleia can even spread via cuttings. So, disposing of it properly is crucial. Burning the waste is the most efficient way in my opinion.
Do not leave the cut branches/roots on the ground. Double-bag the seed heads to prevent further weed infestation.
Best way to get rid of Butterfly bush
Cut back the Butterfly bush/Buddleia as near to the ground as possible. Spray this remaining part of the plant with a non-selective weedicide like Glyphosate/Roundup. Dispose of the cut parts of the plant carefully.
Will Copper Nails kill Buddleia?
No, don’t even bother using copper nails. Using copper nails is quite popular with gardeners. I’ve seen some people claim that it does kill unwanted plants.
This comes from the notion that excess amounts of copper if ingested by a plant can kill the plant. However, this only happens if your insert a large piece of copper inside the shrub.
I’ve seen people fail to get rid of weed shrubs with copper nails. So, don’t even try, I advise you rather invest that time and effort to use a weedicide properly.
Does Roundup kill Buddleia?
Yes, Roundup does kill Buddleia. You need to spray the leaves of the weed so extensively that the solution reaches the roots.
If the weed is stubborn, cut it close to the ground then apply Glyphosate on the stub. Use a stronger variation of Glyphosate as this is a shrub.
‘Rosate 360’ is what I’d use if I had a Buddleia issue. If this isn’t available to you, mix some veggie oil in the Glyphosate and spray the leaves until they’re entirely wet.
You can get rid of Buddleia permanently by spraying Glyphosate that’s three times concentrated than the normally used Roundup.
How do you control Buddleia?
Uproot Buddleia weeds as soon as you see them. This is the only way to control Buddleia efficiently. Pre-emergent herbicides do not work on Buddleia.
Injecting herbicides directly into Butterfly bush weeds is the most efficient method to get rid of Buddleia.
People usually grow these in their gardens thinking that they attract butterflies. This is a mistake. The plant tries to occupy the entire garden.
Growers have successfully produced variants of Buddleia that aren’t invasive. If you’re so keen on growing Buddleia in your garden, get such cultivars.
You can keep Buddleia in control by cutting off the blossoms before they go to seed. Check on your Butterfly bush weed regularly.
Cut off the flowers of your Buddleia as soon as you see them. Dispose of these cut flowers carefully.
Can you keep a Butterfly bush small?
Yes, you can regularly prune the Buddleia weed to keep it in control. Getting a dwarf variety of Buddleia is quite effective too.