CHEMSWEEP 2021 Registration Deadline by February 28, 2021

James Cunningham, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

CHEMSWEEP provides Pennsylvania farmers and other licensed pesticide applicators with a means to dispose of canceled, suspended, or unwanted pesticide products.

Through CHEMSWEEP, applicators can legally dispose of unwanted pesticides, generally at little or no cost. Almost all of the waste pesticides collected are burned in EPA-approved incinerators. The remaining pesticides are treated and placed in EPA-permitted hazardous waste landfills.

CHEMSWEEP has collected over 2.7 million pounds of unwanted pesticides through 2020!

CHEMSWEEP operates in a selected number of counties each year. Licensed farmers, professional pesticide applicators, and pesticide businesses in the counties selected for that year are eligible to participate. If you are a pesticide applicator in agriculture, pest control, lawn care or other professional capacity, or a pesticide dealer, check the CHEMSWEEP 2021 map below to see if your county is eligible. If so, complete the CHEMSWEEP registration form and return it to the address shown by the deadline of February 28.

Future Collections

Future collections will occur on the following schedule:

  • 2022: Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Franklin, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Potter, Washington.
  • 2023: Bucks, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Westmoreland.
  • 2024: Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Delaware, Forest, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Venango, Wyoming.

Each pesticide inventory received from farmers or other licensed applicators will be verified by a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) inspector. PDA will then work with a waste disposal contractor to schedule the collections, which usually take place from July through October.CHEMSWEEP will cover the cost of the first 2,000 pounds per participant.





Only pesticide products that are or have been registered for sale or use in the Commonwealth will be accepted in this program. These materials are classified as Universal Waste Pesticides and will be collected, packaged, transported, and disposed of in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations. The PDA contractor will become the generator of record for your waste pesticides at the time of collection.

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