A county in our region is one of 15 in Pennsylvania eligible to take part in CHEMSWEEP next year. The program, offered through the State Department of Agriculture, allows agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators to dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily .
The program is offered in different counties each year and 2017 is Bedford County’s turn.
“While pesticides are an important tool for many in production agriculture across Pennsylvania, they can be a problem when they outlive their usefulness, sitting in barns and sheds and becoming hazardous to the environment and to your safety,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “With CHEMSWEEP, our agriculture industry can more easily safeguard our land and waterways by properly disposing of pesticides.”
An independent contractor hired by the state agriculture department collects and packages all waste pesticides at each participating location, primarily for incineration at facilities approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the department, more than 2.4 million pounds of unwanted or unusable pesticides have been properly destroyed through the program since it was established in 1993.