More than 10 million pounds of pesticide containers were recycled last year through the Ag Container Recycling Council.
The 10.44 million pounds represent a 4 percent increase from 2014, the Lexington, Va.-based group said.
Last year was the sixth in a row that pesticide container recycling exceeded 8 million pounds, and a total of 163 million pounds have been recycled through the ACRC since 1993. Collection also hit a new high for the sixth straight year.
The recycling effort, funded by the pesticide manufacturing industry, included 1.92 million pounds in California, tops in the nation. Other large recycling states included Washington, Texas, Iowa and Mississippi.
A total of 43 states participated in the program last year, with 28 reporting recycling increases and 15 reporting decreases, ACRC said.
ACRC is budgeting for the collection and recycling of 11 million pounds of pesticide containers this year.