Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Agricultural Chemical Collection Events
Agricultural chemical collection events or "Clean Sweeps" were held in Cayuga County in 1996, 2002 and 2003, primarily focused on collecting obsolete and/or surplus pesticides for proper disposal.

Clean Sweep 1996 Clean Sweep 2002 Clean Sweep 2003
Held 11/7 Held 10/30 and 10/31 Held 11/18 and 11/19
36 farms, retired farms or former farms 22 farms, retired farms or former farms and 1 school participated 12 farms, retired farms or former farmsteads, 2 schools, and 2 golf courses participated
12,400 pounds of pesticides were collected 8,600 pounds of pesticides were collected 8,000 pounds of pesticides were collected

Sponsored by the Cayuga County Legislature, Solid Waste Management Program Office, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water Conservation District, and Department of Planning and Development.

Funded through grants from the NYS Department of Ag and Markets and US Environmental Protection Agency.

Cayuga County no longer holds events specifially for farm chemicals because the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now offers this service. Fines from pesticide regulation violations are now directed to a dedicated fund to support this State coordinated Clean Sweep effort. Farmers and schools are now eligible to participate in this New York State coordinated Clean Sweep Program.

The last Regional State sponsored Clean Sweep Program held in Cayuga County was April 2005 in Auburn. The last Regional State sponsored Clean Sweep Program held in Region 7 was in November of 2009, and required Cayuga County farmers and schools to deliver their chemicals to sites either in Onondaga or Broome Counties.