Pennsylvania’s CHEMSWEEP to Provide 15 Counties with Safe Pesticide Disposal in 2017
Posted: February 1, 2017
Every year, many pesticide products are discontinued, phased out or become unusable, leaving growers, commercial establishments and professional applicators with potentially dangerous and toxic materials that cannot be placed in landfills. The unwanted pesticides often become a safety hazard and an environmental concern through long-term storage in garages, barns or other areas.
The CHEMSWEEP program is offered in different counties each year. In 2017, it will be available in Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Butler, Columbia, Cumberland, Fulton, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Warren and York counties.
Licensed pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers and commercial pesticide application businesses from the designated counties are eligible to participate by completing the CHEMSWEEP registration/inventory form. Registration period ends February 28.
An independent contractor hired by the state agriculture department collects and packages all waste pesticides at each participating location, primarily for incineration at facilities approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CHEMSWEEP covers the disposal cost for the first 2,000 pounds per participant. Above that level, participants are billed at the Agriculture department’s contracted price.
The program is funded through annual registration fees paid by pesticide manufacturers and applicators.
(Source: Fruit Times, November 30, 2016)