Clean Sweep Pesticide Collections
Clean Sweep is a free and non-regulatory program to help safely dispose of banned or unusable pesticides. Funding support is provided through a grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Anyone in Michigan, such as home owners, farmers, greenhouses, nurseries, pesticide retailers, golf courses, etc.
The Clean Sweep collections are for out-of-date, banned, or unwanted pesticides, created in Michigan, which include all the classes of "cides" - fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and rodenticides. Fertilizers are NOT accepted as part of Clean Sweep unless they are a component of a pesticide formulation. Waste pesticides from out of state are NOT accepted.
For the collection program in Berrien County, participants must fill out a simple Registration Form. The deadline to register is 2 weeks prior to the collection event. You may also email Jill Adams, Berrien County Environmental Property Manager, or call 269-983-7111, ext. 8234. Registration forms are also available to pick up at the Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren County MSU-Extension and Conservation District offices.
2018 Clean Sweep Collection Dates
The Clean Sweep Collection Dates are:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Participants must register 2 weeks prior to the collection event.
Event Location for Berrien/Cass/Van Buren County Participants
The local event takes place in Benton Harbor. Upon registration, participants will be contacted to schedule an approximate drop-off time and will be given specific drop-off location information and directions.
Other Regional Clean Sweep Location
The other Clean Sweep site in the region, that is open to all Michigan participants, is at the Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Center. The Kalamazoo County program is available year around. Learn more about this program on the Kalamazoo website or call 269-373-5211.
To learn more about the state-wide Clean Sweep Program, visit the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development website.
Tips for Safe Transport of Pesticides
- Keep in original and labeled containers
- Don't mix contents of unknown, unlabeled or different containers or different products
- Check for leaking containers (overpack leaking containers into clear plastic bag or leak proof outer container)
- Don't transport with open tops
- Place in vehicle away from passengers
- Secure containers to prevent spills