A Safe Disposal for Unwanted Pesticides

FloridAgriculture  e-News
June 2019

Operation Cleansweep provides farmers, nursery operators, golf course operators and pest control services a one-time safe and economical way to dispose of their canceled, suspended and unusable pesticides.

Some materials are old and being stored in deteriorating containers. Chlordane and DDT are extremely toxic to humans and hazardous to the environment and are not to be used.

Proper disposal can be costly and a regulatory burden for small farmers and other pesticide users. Operation Cleansweep promotes safe and environmentally sound pesticide use, handling and disposal.  For more information on Operation Cleansweep or to participate, contact Shannon Turner at 877.851.5285 or Shannon.Turner@freshfromflorida.com.

Operation Cleansweep began in 1995 with a statewide collection of more than 70,000 pounds of lead arsenate, a widely used pesticide for citrus operations that was banned from use by the EPA. Through June 2017, Operation Cleansweep collected and disposed of more than 1,762,000 pounds (881 tons) of canceled, suspended and unusable pesticides from more than 2,400 participants in all 67 counties.