Ontario County coughed up 10,750 pounds of chemical waste during the fall 2013 CleanSweepNY program. Ontario was one of 11 counties in the Finger Lakes and western New York that pumped a record-breaking 138,000 pounds of chemicals for disposal during the October collection sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The other participating counties were: Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates.
In the fall, 211 businesses, municipalities and schools in the counties disposed of the chemical waste that included 71,689 pounds of pesticides, 16,839 pounds of school chemicals generally from science labs, 22,209 pounds of paint and 94 pounds of elemental mercury, as well as 377 mercury devices and 222 aerosol containers.
DEC also collected over 200 empty, triple-rinsed HDPE (NO. 2) plastic pesticide containers. DEC contracted with a waste hauler for proper disposal of all chemicals.
This fall's CleanSweepNY collection event was the 15th since the program's inception in 2002. To date, DEC has collected and disposed of approximately 1.2 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, 800 pounds of elemental mercury and approximately 4,000 plastic pesticide containers that were not disposed of in landfills.
For more information on CleanSweepNY, visit http://www.cleansweepny.org or call toll free: 1-877-793-3769.