RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia program that recycles plastic pesticide containers collected nearly 40 percent more pounds of the cast-offs in 2014 than the year before. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the program rinsed and granulated 128,226 pounds of empty containers. They were collected from 32 sites throughout the state. Since its start, the Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program has collected more than 1.4 million pounds of plastic. Once they are cleaned and processed, they are taken to recycling centers and turned into highway sign posts, underground utility conduit and composite platforms for bulk containers.The program is billed as environmentally friendly. The containers otherwise would have ended up in landfills.