Do You Need to Dispose of Unwanted Pesticides?

The CHEMSWEEP Program deadline for unwanted pesticide pickup is February 28th.
Do You Need to Dispose of Unwanted Pesticides? - News


Photo of 2019 Chemsweep Program

Winter is a great time to clean out your pesticide storage and take inventory. If you have canceled, suspended, or unwanted pesticides, now is the time to schedule disposal through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) CHEMSWEEP Program.


CHEMSWEEP started in 1993 and collects unwanted or unusable pesticides from Pennsylvania farmers and pesticide applicators. The first 2,000 pounds of pesticides per participant is collected and properly disposed of for free. Only products that have been registered for sale or use in Pennsylvania are accepted. CHEMSWEEP is offered in a selected number of counties each year and runs on a four-year cycle, except for Chester and Lancaster Counties that run on a two-year cycle.

Who is eligible to participate?

Farmers, pesticide applicators, and pesticide businesses in the year’s selected counties.

2019: Bucks, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Westmoreland.

2020: Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Delaware, Forest, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Venango, Wyoming.

Future collections can be found on the CHEMSWEEP Program website.

How can you participate?

First, check to see if your county has been selected to participate this year. If your county is participating, complete a CHEMSWEEP Pesticide Disposal Program Form and mail it back to PDA by February 28th. A PDA inspector will verify your inventory and schedule the pesticide collection with a contractor.