Ag Answers: Clean Sweep Program

The Morning Show

Jonathon Manuel, “Resource Conservationist” for Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District joins the Morning Show to discuss the state’s annual “Clean Sweep” Program.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture started offering the “Clean Sweep” program in 1990. Since the inception of the program, the Department has held 48 collection events throughout the state and collected 534,038 pounds of material from 1,940 participants. This is a safe and affordable way to dispose of unwanted agricultural chemicals.

The event is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted agricultural pesticides with their property as long as they live in or own land in Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, Piatt or Vermilion Counties.

A registration is required to give the waste disposal contractor time to prepare for the different kinds of materials that will need to be handled. Forms can be obtained by calling the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Hotline at 1-800-641-3934 or by visiting one of the program sponsors.

Participants must register the products they plan to dispose of by July 14th.

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