Monday, January 3, 2011

Low Cost Disposal of Pesticides

Do you have cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides? You can get rid of them for a very low cost by signing up with FDEPs Operation Cleansweep. A flyer provides details and instructions on how to sign up for this reduced “state contract” price pick-up service. You may call toll-free at 877-851-5285 to sign up. FDEP expects to begin pick-up collection and disposal services in the winter of 2010-2011.

Operation Cleansweep, which previously has been a free service to pesticide users, was not funded by the Legislature for State Fiscal Year 2010-2011 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011). As a result, Operation Cleansweep will not be a free service this year. However, the state disposal pricing contract is still in effect and will be honored by the contractor for any pesticide user who wants to take advantage of this greatly reduced price for disposal. The state contract price for disposal of pesticides is $0.89 per pound ($100 minimum per participant).

Since 1995, Operation Cleansweep has collected and disposed of more than 1,400,000 pounds (700 tons) of cancelled, suspended and unusable pesticides from nearly 2,000 participants in 66 counties.