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April 27, 2010

IDOA Schedules Clean Sweep Collection In Northwest Illinois
Program safely disposes of unwanted agricultural pesticides

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Residents of eight northwestern Illinois counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Pesticide Clean Sweep program.

A Clean Sweep collection has been scheduled in late summer for Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside counties, the department announced today.  The collection, which rotates among Illinois counties, is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted agricultural pesticides with their property.

“There are two, big reasons to take advantage of this program,” Warren Goetsch, bureau chief of Environmental Programs, said.  “First, it’s free.  If individuals were to properly dispose of agrichemicals on their own, the cost would be expensive.  But the department is able to provide the service free of charge thanks to a grant it obtained from the U.S. EPA.  Second, the state of Illinois, not the program participant, will assume liability for the proper disposal of all materials collected.”

Participants must register the products they plan to dispose of by June 25.  Registration is required to give the waste disposal contractor time to prepare for the different kinds of materials that will need to be handled.  Forms can be obtained either by calling the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Hotline at 1-800-641-3934 or visiting one of the program sponsors listed below.

Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  The mailing address is:  Clean Sweep Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281.  The fax number is (217) 524-4882.

Participants then will be sent a reservation card indicating the date, time and location of their collection. 

Clean Sweep Sponsors

Carroll County Farm Bureau

811 S. Clay St.

Mt. Carroll, IL 61053-9770

Carroll County SWCD

807C S. Clay St.

Mt. Carroll, IL 61053

Carroll County Extension Unit

807D S. Clay St.

Mt. Carroll, IL 61053

Henry County Farm Bureau

114 N. East St.

Cambridge, IL 61238-1157

Henry County SWCD

301 E. North St.

Cambridge, IL 61238

Henry County Extension Unit

26234 Black Hawk Rd.

Galva, IL 61434

Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau

212 N. Main St.

P.O. Box 501

Elizabeth, IL 61028-0501

Jo Daviess County SWCD

P.O. Box 502

Elizabeth, IL 61028

Jo Daviess County Extension Unit

204 Vine

P.O. Box 600

Elizabeth, IL 61028


Knox County SWCD

233 S. Soangetaha Rd.

Galesburg, IL 61401

Knox County Extension Unit

180 S. Soangetaha Rd., Suite 108

Galesburg, IL 61401-5595

Mercer County Farm Bureau

206 S.E. Third St.

P.O. Box 40

Aledo, IL 61231-0040

Mercer County SWCD

308 S.E. 8th Ave.

Aledo, IL 61231

Mercer County Extension Unit

702 S.E. Third St.

Aledo, IL 61231

Rock Island County Farm Bureau

1601 52nd Ave., Suite 3

Moline, IL 61265-6389

Rock Island County SWCD

3020 E. 1st Ave.

Milan, IL 61624

Rock Island County Extension Unit

321 W. 2nd Ave.

Milan, IL 61624

Stephenson County Farm Bureau

210 W. Spring St.

Freeport, IL 61032-4346

Stephenson County SWCD

1620 S. Galena Ave.

Freeport, IL 61032

Stephenson County Extension Unit

2998 W. Pearl City Rd.

Freeport, IL 61032

Whiteside County Farm Bureau

100 E. Knox St.

Morrison, IL 61270-2696

Whiteside County SWCD

16255 Liberty St.

Morrison, IL 61270

Whiteside County Extension Unit

100 E. Knox St.

Morrison, IL 61270



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