Clean Sweep events are being held throughout the state for residents to properly dispose unwanted household or agricultural chemicals or leftover prescription drugs. A listing of local Clean Sweep events is available on the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) website. DATCP encourages residents to double check with the local event coordinator on the website listing to confirm the date and location because they vary county by county. It is also important to read the information carefully regarding what will be accepted at the local site, and whether or not there is a fee or preregistration required. Some collections accept additional items like electronic waste, tires or fluorescent bulbs. If you do not find a Clean Sweep location conveniently located near you, contact your local solid waste or recycling department to find out about other hazardous material collections. If you have agricultural chemicals to dispose of, it’s best to contact your county extension agent. Many police departments have permanent drop boxes available for the collection of unwanted prescription drug disposal.
DATCP’s Clean Sweep program provides grants to local governments, planning commissions and tribes to support the collections. Clean Sweep grants have helped collect more than 3 million pounds of farm chemical waste since 1990, 16 million pounds of household hazardous waste since 2004, and more than 136,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs since 2008.