In 2015, the Illinois Department of Agriculture along with the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted an agricultural/structural pesticide clean sweep program collection for the residents of Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Jersey, Morgan, Pike, and Scott counties. Local sponsors included county Farm Bureau offices, University of Illinois Extension offices and Soil and Water Conservation District offices.
The collection was held on Sept. 9, 2015, at the Crop Production Services facility in White Hall, Ill. Of the 30 registered participants, 26 registered participants brought in a total of 6,396 pounds of unwanted pesticides to the collection. The single day collection was a success.
All chemicals collected during this program were registered with the Department prior to the actual collection date. By pre-registering the products, the Department was able to determine which products were eligible for collection. The majority of products turned away from the collection were not pesticides. These items included crop oil, surfactants, stickers, foaming agents, etc. Each participant received a response letter indicating the time, date, and location of the collection along with a listing of their chemicals which were to be brought to the collection for disposal.
Heritage-WTI, Inc. was the Department of Agriculture's contractor for this year's collection. They collected waste from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. No accidents or spills occurred during the collection. Heritage – WTI, Inc. certifies that all chemicals were handled in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
Following are approximate totals of some of the active ingredients that were collected: 219 pounds of compounds containing 2, 4-D; 46 pounds of acetochlor; 46 pounds of acephate; 72 pounds of alachlor; 910 pounds of atrazine; 47 pounds of bentazon; 112 pounds of butylate; 37 pounds of captan; 4.5 pounds of carbofuran; 195 pounds of chlorpyrifos; 27 pounds of clethodim; 310 pounds of clomazone; 56 pounds of cyanazine; 67 pounds of cyhalothrin; 69 pounds of dicamba; 9 pounds of dicofol; 19 pounds of diflufenzopyr; 76 pounds of dimethenamid; 94 pounds of diuron; 22 pounds of ferbam; 13 pounds of ethalfluralin; 53 pounds of fluazifop-P-butyl; 36 pounds of fomesafen; 34 pounds of imazaquin; 23 pounds of malathion; 422 pounds of metolachlor; 40 pounds of metribuzin; 4.2 pounds of nicosulfuron; 27 pounds of oryzalin; 51 pounds of paraquat; 112 pounds of pendimethalin and 29 pounds of permethrin. The complete list of compounds and amounts collected are attached.