WARRENSBURG - The state Department of Environmental Conservation will soon launch its CleanSweepNY program to help enterprises and organizations properly dispose of unwanted pesticides and other chemicals.
Collection events will be held locally in Essex and Washington counties in early May to allow business and farm owners an opportunity to safely get rid of chemicals.
Pre-registration is required; April 16 the deadline.
DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis said in a prepared statement that the collection program offers a responsible way to dispose of hazardous substances.
"DEC and our partners have coordinated these CleanSweepNY collection events because it benefits the participants and also protects North Country communities by reducing environmental risks," he said.
CleanSweepNY is supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Agricultural Container Recycling Council, NYS Green Industry, Soil and Water Conservation districts, the New York Farm Bureau and related grower associations.
Officials say the collection effort is directed at professional pesticide applicators, agricultural operations and other facilities where significant amounts of pesticides and other chemicals are used. These facilities could include schools, businesses, and recreational facilities like golf courses and marinas.