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Operation Cleansweep has been funded for 2015-2016. For information about participating, please review the flyer or read “Who can participate” in the Program Guidelines to see if your company is eligible. Pesticide collection will be done at the participant’s site by a hazardous waste contractor according to a pick-up plan that will be developed as approved participants’ locations are mapped.

Operation Cleansweep provides farmers, nursery operators, golf course operators, and pest control services a one-time safe and economical way to dispose of their cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides. Some of these materials are very old and in containers that are deteriorating. Some, such as chlordane and DDT, are so toxic to humans and hazardous to the environment that they are no longer allowed to be used. Proper disposal can be costly and a regulatory burden for small farmers and other pesticide users. Operation Cleansweep offers an opportunity to avoid these formidable barriers and to promote safe and environmentally sound pesticide use, handling and disposal. Operation Cleansweep began in 1995 with a statewide collection of more than 70,000 pounds of lead arsenate, a widely used pesticide for citrus operations which was banned from use by the EPA. Through June 2015, Operation Cleansweep collected and disposed of more than 1,550,000 pounds (775 tons) of cancelled, suspended and unusable pesticides from more than 2,000 participants in all 67 counties. For more information contact Operation Cleansweep by email or by phone at 877.851.5285.


Operation Cleansweep Results and Costs Through June 2015

  Funding 5 Counties Participants Pounds Cost/Pound
1995 Lead Arsenate 1 $31,500 Statewide Unknown 70,000 $0.45
1996-1998 Pilots 1 $73,500 5 244 25,000 $2.00
2000-2001 $300,000 12 374 235,644 $1.14
2001-2002 $300,000 49 357 224,000 $1.09
2002-2003 $200,000 37 145 126,235 $1.09
2003-2004 2 $325,000 39 207 250,984 $1.20
2004-2005 $100,000 22 62 78,887 $1.12
2005-2006 $100,000 29 104 91,359 $1.12
2006-2007 $100,000 33 138 68,994 $1.12
2007-2008 $100,000 34 144 82,895 $1.12
2008-2009 $100,000 35 117 81,717 $0.99
2009-2010 $100,000 26 62 103,495 $0.89
2010-2011 3 $0 18 24 11,208 $0.89
2011-2013 4 $0 0 0 0  
2014-2015 $100,000 41 233 111,609 $0.89
Totals $1,930,000 67 2,211 1,562,027  
Funding Notes:
  1. Of the $105,000 total funding for the 1995 Lead Arsenate statewide collection and the 1996-1998 Pilots, the state provided $30,000 and United Agri Products provided $75,000 as part of an enforcement agreement.
  2. Of the $325,000 total funding for 2003-2004, the state provided $100,000 and the federal government provided $225,000.
  3. Participants paid in 2010-2011. No government funding.
  4. No funding for fiscal years 2011-2012, 2012-2013 or 2013-2014.
  5. Unless otherwise noted, funding was provided by the Florida Legislature.

For more information, please contact Laurie Tenace at 850-245-8759.

Last updated: August 11, 2015

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