pesticide products are cancelled by the manufacturer or phased out by
operations, leaving farmers and professional applicators with quantities of
unwanted and/or unusable pesticides. Due to the nature of these
materials, there are often limited options available for responsible management. The high
cost of disposal prohibits many users from hiring waste disposal contractors to
collect and dispose of these materials. The waste pesticides may then
become a safety hazard or environmental liability through long-term storage in
barns and other areas in and around the farm or business.
provides Pennsylvania farmers and other licensed pesticide applicators with a
means to dispose of canceled, suspended or unwanted pesticide
products. By participating in this program, applicators can legally
dispose of waste 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
grown from the collection of a modest 30,000 pounds of pesticides from six counties
in 1993, to a program that serves all of Pennsylvania, having collected over 2.3 million pounds of waste pesticides through 2015.
How to Participate: Each year, CHEMSWEEP operates
in a selected number of counties. 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
2016 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 county collections will occur on
the following schedule:
2017: Berks, Bedford, Bradford, Butler,
Columbia, Cumberland, Fulton, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Northumberland,
Schuylkill, Sullivan, Warren, and York.
2018: Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Cameron,
Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Franklin, Jefferson,
Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Potter and Washington.
2019: Bucks, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie,
Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery,
Perry, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Westmoreland.
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.
Participants with waste pesticides exceeding 2,000 pounds will be responsible
for the cost of the excess amount and will be direct-invoiced by the PDA
contractor at the contracted price at time of service.
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 designed as 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 Donald Gilbert for additional
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