Indiana Lake Michigan Pesticide Clean Sweep
|Description:||Summary: The purpose of this project was to plan for the safe transport, collection and disposal of pesticides and to limit services to the agricultural, golf course and pest control industries. A hazardous waste contractor, Heritage Environmental, was selected to handle, transport and dispose of the pesticides. Heritage provided all the equipment needed and an emergency response plan.
Environmental Results/Products: In order to guage the type and volume of materials that would be collected 458 surveys were mailed to pest control business and golf courses within ST. Joseph County from the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC). OISC also issued news releases to local papers and provided information through its Extension Office newsletter.
The collection took place at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds located in South Bend IN. Participants were directed to a designated area where personnel from Heritage took control of pesticides products brought to the site from target sources (e.g., golf courses & pest control industries). The participants were given a package of information pertaining to pesticide safety and pollution prevention.
The pesticides were sorted according to DOT hazardous material classification and disposal guidelines. A total of five thousand one hundred and sixty-four pounds (5,164) of waste pesticide was collected from 42 participants. Among the pesticides collected were DDT, Cyanogas, lead arsenate and chlordane.
The following brochures were provided:
• Agriculture Effect on Environment Quality: key management issues
• Conservation Tillage and Water Quality
• Wetlands and water Quality
• Pesticides and container management
• Pesticides and their proper storage
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.
Organizations Receiving Funding
There is no organization designated as receiving funding for this project.
Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.
Purdue University - Primary Contact
Office of Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner
1154 Biochemistry Building
W Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1154
p: (765) 494-1492
f: (765) 494-4331
Heritage Environmental Services - Partner
111 142nd St
Hammond I, Indiana 46327
St. Joseph County Indiana Extension Office - Partner
One East Hazelwood Drive; Champaign, IL; 61820; (800) 407-0261; firstname.lastname@example.org