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MAY 2007

Operation Cleansweep collects one million pounds of pesticides

Florida’s Operation Cleansweep has collected more than one million pounds of pesticides during the program’s 12 years of operation.

A partnership between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the program collects canceled, suspended or unusable pesticides from Florida farmers, nurseries, golf courses and pest control companies for proper disposal.

To date, more than one million pounds of pesticide products have been collected from nearly 1,500 participating farms, dairies, ranches, nurseries, golf courses and professional pest control operations in 65 counties.

Proper disposal of pesticides can be costly and a complicated regulatory burden for small farmers and other pesticide users.

Operation Cleansweep offers an opportunity to avoid these formidable barriers and promotes safe and environmentally-sound pesticide use, handling and disposal.

In addition to disposal of unwanted pesticides, participants in the program also receive educational material that includes tips on purchasing pesticides; inventory control; stock rotation; proper labeling, storage, and handling; and how to respond to leaks, spills, and exposure incidents.


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