Pennsylvania farmers and other licensed pesticide applicators with a means to
dispose of canceled, suspended or unwanted pesticide
products. Through CHEMSWEEP, applicators can legally dispose of
unwanted pesticides, generally at little or no cost. Almost all of the
waste pesticides collected are burned in EPA-approved incinerators. The
remaining pesticides are treated and placed in EPA-permitted hazardous waste
collected over 2.5 million pounds of unwanted pesticides through 2017!
CHEMSWEEP operates in a selected number of counties
each year. Licensed farmers, professional pesticide applicators and pesticide
businesses in the counties selected for that year are eligible to participate. If you are a pesticide applicator in
agriculture, pest control, lawn care or other professional capacity, or a
pesticide dealer, check the CHEMSWEEP 2018 map below to see if your county is eligible. If
so, complete the CHEMSWEEP registration form and return to the address shown by
the deadline of February 28.
Future collections will occur on the
2019: Bucks, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata,
Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Tioga,
2020: Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Delaware, Forest, Indiana, Lackawanna,
Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Venango, Wyoming.
2021: Berks, Bedford, Bradford, Butler, Columbia, Cumberland, Fulton, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Warren, York.
Each pesticide inventory
received from farmers or other licensed applicators will be verified by a
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) inspector. PDA will then
work with a waste disposal contractor to schedule the collections, which
usually take place from July through October. CHEMSWEEP will cover the
cost of the first 2,000 pounds per participant.
Only pesticide products that are or have been registered for sale or use
in the Commonwealth will be accepted in this program. These materials are
classified as Universal Waste Pesticides and will be collected, packaged, transported
and disposed of in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations. The
PDA contractor will become the generator of record for your waste pesticides at
the time of collection.
Homeowners: CHEMSWEEP is not a
homeowner-oriented pesticide disposal program.
If you are a homeowner wishing to disposal of home and garden pesticides
or other household waste items like used oil, paint, solvents, cleaners, etc.,
please see DEP’s Household Hazardous Waste
or contact your county solid waste authority.
HHW Sponsors: If you are a municipal
entity and wish to sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste collection event, it may
be possible for you to utilize the CHEMSWEEP contract for your event. Please
contact James Cunningham for additional information.
Pesticide Container & Containment
Plastic Pesticide Container
Pesticides in Groundwater