Unwanted Pesticides on Your Farm? CHEMSWEEP is For You!

The CHEMSWEEP Program collects pesticides that are no longer usable or wanted by pesticide applicators and pesticide businesses.
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Unwanted Pesticides on Your Farm? CHEMSWEEP is For You!

The CHEMSWEEP Program is available to pesticide applicators and pesticide businesses across Pennsylvania on a four-year rotation. Active private applicators and pesticide businesses in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Franklin, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Pike, Potter, Northampton, and Washington, received an inventory package in November 2017. Use the inventory form to list any waste pesticides you wish to dispose of and mail back to the regional Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture office listed at the top of the form by February 28, 2018.

You will be contacted to have your inventory verified by a PDA inspector. They will look for any special circumstances such as leaking containers, unknown products, or other issues that may be of concern to the disposal contractor. Once the inventories are verified, PDA will work with the CHEMSWEEP contractor to schedule the pickups. This year pesticides will be collected from June through October.

They will come right to your farm or business, package your old pesticides, and send them to an EPA-approved incinerator for destruction.

CHEMSWEEP is not intended as an inventory management tool. As applicators, you have the responsibility to manage your pesticide inventories and spray materials according to the label.

  • Store pesticides properly to prevent freezing or other damage.
  • Do not buy more product than you will use.
  • Manage leftover tank mix and rinsate responsibly as described on the label. Rinsate and tank mix will not be accepted for CHEMSWEEP disposal.

If you live in a selected county and did not receive the inventory mailer, contact your regional PDA office. There is no cost to participate unless your quantity exceeds 2,000 lbs. For inventories more than one ton, the participant will be charged for the overage at PDA’s contracted price.

Over 2.4 million pounds of unwanted or unusable pesticide products have been disposed of by CHEMSWEEP in Pennsylvania from applicators just like you. Take this opportunity to properly dispose of those old, unwanted pesticides. If you have unwanted pesticides but do not live in a selected county, please call 717- 772-5210 for assistance.

To contact your regional office of the PDA:

Region 1: 814-332-6890

Region 2: 570-433-2640

Region 3: 570-836-2181

Region 4: 724-832-1073

Region 5: 814-793-1849

Region 6: 717-346-3223

Region 7: 610-489-1003

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