Business, farms, schools can dispose of pesticides, chemicals

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Conservation is planning its 16th CleanSweepNY program in western New York.

The program gives an opportunity for businesses, farms and schools to properly dispose of unwanted or obsolete pesticides and other chemicals. Empty, triple-rinsed plastic pesticide containers will be accepted for recycling.

The event the week of April 28 includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties. It’s designed for professional pesticide applicators, schools, golf courses, cemeteries and marinas. The services are not available to homeowners.

Last fall, DEC collected a record-breaking 138,000 pounds of chemicals from 11 counties in the Western Finger Lakes region.

Preregistration is required by April 25 at www.cleansweepny.org

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