Program Will Safely Dispose of Unwanted Agricultural Pesticides.

SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Residents of ten Illinois counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) agricultural pesticide “Clean Sweep” program.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

A “Clean Sweep” collection has been scheduled in late summer for Fulton, Henderson, Knox, Marshall, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Warren, and Woodford counties, the Department announced today. The collection, which rotates among Illinois counties, is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted agricultural pesticides with their property.

Article continues after sponsor message

“There are two main reasons to take advantage of this program,” said Brad Beaver, Acting Bureau Chief of Environmental Programs. “The Department is able to provide the service free of charge thanks to a grant obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If individuals were to properly dispose of agrichemicals on their own, it could be expensive. Secondly, the state of Illinois, not the program participant, will assume liability for the proper disposal of all materials collected.”

Participants must register the products they plan to dispose of by July 27. Registration is required to give the waste disposal contractor time to prepare for the different kinds of materials that will need to be handled. Forms can be obtained either by calling the IDOA Pesticide Hotline at 1-800-641-3934, online at by visiting one of the program sponsors listed below.

Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The mailing address is: Clean Sweep Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281. The fax number is (217) 524-4882. Participants then will be sent a reservation card indicating the date, time, and location of their collection.

The “Clean Sweep” program began in 1990 in Illinois. Since the inception of the program, the Department has held 52 collection events through the state and collected 626,669 pounds of material from 2,196 participants.

More like this:

Dec 12, 2017 | Illinois EPA conducts used tire removal actions in East. St. Louis and St. Clair County

Oct 11, 2019 | Madison County to Host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Jan 16, 2019 | Application process begins for Illinois American Water's 2019 Environmental Grant Program

Dec 1, 2016 | Madison County celebrates America Recycles Day

Apr 22, 2021 | Illinois American Water Celebrates Earth Day By Awarding Over $29,000 In Environmental Grants For Water Source Protection