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CleanSweepNY to recycle pesticides for businesses, farmers

SPRINGVILLE — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold its 16th annual CleanSweepNY program, the week of April 28, in Western New York. CleanSweepNY provides opportunities for businesses, farms and schools to properly dispose of unwanted or obsolete pesticides and other chemicals. DEC will also collect empty, triple-rinsed HDPE No. 2 plastic pesticide containers.

“Every container of unwanted or outdated pesticides turned in during our collection event helps keep these materials out of conventional waste streams and municipal landfills,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “Through our collaboration with state department of transportation, we want to build on the success of our fall event, where we achieved a 150 percent increase in chemicals collected. I encourage businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce potential environmental impacts in our communities and help us build a toxic-free New York.”

The program is designed for entities such as agricultural and non-agricultural professional pesticide applicators, schools, golf courses, cemeteries and marinas. CleanSweepNY services are not available to homeowners.

DEC rotates CleanSweepNY locations throughout the state. Since the program’s inception in 2002, DEC collected and disposed of more than 1.2 million pounds of chemical wastes, including more than 809 pounds of elemental mercury, and collected more than 4,000 plastic pesticide containers for recycling.

CleanSweepNY is administered in partnership with the Natural Heritage Trust and was initially established with approximately $2.2 million from several enforcement settlements in DEC’s pest management program. The collections are organized by DEC, in collaboration with state DOT, which provides collection sites. The program is supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Agricultural Container Recycling Council, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, New York Farm Bureau and related grower associations.

Participants will receive drop-off locations once they pre-register, which is required by April 25. For more information on CleanSweepNY, visit www.cleansweepny.org or call toll-free: 1-877-SWEEPNY.
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