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Pesticide Clean Sweep Program

The Illinois Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Public Health and with funding from the US EPA, annually conducts agricultural/structural pesticide clean sweep program collections for the residents of various counties in the state, depending on the availability of funds. Local sponsors usually included county Farm Bureau offices, University of Illinois Extension offices and Soil and Water Conservation District offices. All chemicals collected during this program are registered with the department prior to the actual collection date. By pre-registering the products, the department is able to determine which products were eligible for collection. The majority of products turned away from past collections were not pesticides. These items included crop oil, surfactants, stickers, foaming agents, etc. Waste pesticides are usually collected from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The costs for the collections are paid for through a grant from the US EPA. Since the inception of the program in 1990, the department has held more than 40 collection events throughout the state and has collected more than 470.000 lbs of material from approximately 16,000 participants.
 
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