Illinois Department of Agriculture offering "Clean Sweep" program

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted agricultural chemicals for free during the state Department of Agriculture's "Clean Sweep" program.

Officials say residents of Calhoun, Cass, Morgan, Greene, Jersey, Pike, and Scott Counties will be able to take part in this free program this summer.  The collection rotates among counties throughout the state, and is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators, and landowners who inherited unwanted agricultural chemicals with their property.

Those who wish to dispose of chemicals must register the products they plan to get rid of by July 15.  Officials say registration is required in order to give the waste disposal contractor time to prepare for all of the chemicals that need to be handled.  

To obtain a form, call (800) 641-3934.  Completed forms are to be mailed to: Clean Sweep Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281.  Forms may also be faxed to (217) 524-4882.  Participants will then be mailed a reservation card indicating the time, date, and location of their collection.

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