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Again in 2014-2015, Operation Cleansweep will provide 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 2011, Operation Cleansweep collected and disposed of more than 1,400,000 pounds (700 tons) of cancelled, suspended and unusable pesticides from nearly 2,000 participants in 66 counties. In 2014, the Florida legislature again funded Operation Cleansweep. Collections will begin in November 2014. Your business can register for free pickup and disposal of cancelled, suspended or unusable pesticides by email or by phone at 877.851.5285.


Operation Cleansweep Results and Costs Through June 2011

  Funding Counties Participants Pounds Cost/Pound
1995 Lead Arsenate $31,500 Statewide Unknown 70,000 $0.45
1996-1998 Pilots $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 $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 $0 18 24 11,208 $0.89
Totals $1,830,000 66* 1,978 1,450,418  
* No participants in Sumter have yet requested service.

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. All other funding was provided by the Florida Legislature.

For more information, please contact Jack Price at 850-245-8751.

Last updated: September 19, 2014

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