The Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a sponsor of the Agricultural Pesticide Clean Sweep Program offered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Through this program, residents can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free.

A “Clean Sweep” collection has been scheduled in late summer for Kendall County, as well as the surrounding counties. The collection is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted agricultural pesticides with their property.

“There are two main reasons to take advantage of this program,” said Doug Owens, Bureau Chief of Environmental Programs. “The Department is able to provide the service free of charge thanks to a grant obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

If individuals were to properly dispose of agrichemicals on their own, it could be would be expensive. Secondly, 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 July 22nd. 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 on the Kendall County SWCD’s website or by contacting our office at (630) 553-5821 ext. 3. Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The mailing address and fax number are listed on the registration form participants will fill out. Participants will then be sent a reservation card indicating the date, time and location of their collection.

The “Clean Sweep” program began in 1990 in Illinois. Since the inception of the program, the Department has held 50 collection events through the state and collected 584,219 pounds of material from 2,088 participants.