Michigan Clean Sweep programs continue statewide in 2013

Safely dispose of unwanted and outdated pesticides and mercury items through the Michigan Clean Sweep Program.

Looking for a way to safely dispose of unusable, outdated or unwanted pesticides? There is no charge for properly disposing of these materials through the Michigan Clean Sweep Program. Both pesticides and mercury items are accepted. No fertilizers will be accepted for disposal under the Clean Sweep Program unless they are part of a pesticide formulation.

Clean Sweep is open to Michigan farmers, greenhouse operators, golf courses, residents, pesticide retailers, etc., and is made possible by a strong and unique state, federal, local and industry partnership. There have been a number of Clean Sweep sites established around the state to accept unused or expired pesticide products. The schedule of collections will vary from county to county. Check with your local Michigan State University Extension county office to find the closest location near you.

In southwest Michigan for the Berrien/Cass/Van Buren County area, Clean Sweep collection events are scheduled for June 26, July 31, August 28 and September 25, 2013. Call the Berrien County MSU-Extension office at 269-944-4126, to request an application form. Deadline for signup is two weeks prior to the event. The other available Clean Sweep program in the southwest region is in Kalamazoo County, 269-373-5211.

Over 8,600 pounds of unwanted pesticides and mercury were kept out of our environment and disposed of properly through the Berrien/Cass/Van Buren County area Clean Sweep program in 2012. If you have questions about the Clean Sweep Program, please feel free to call 517-241-3933 or email eatona@michigan.gov.

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