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 landfills.
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 2017 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, Wayne, Westmoreland.
2020: Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Delaware, Forest, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Venango, Wyoming.
2021: Bedford, Berks, 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.
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