ACV Enviro participated in the CleanSweepNY event. Staff, from left: Jim Carpentier, Shaun Paterson, Carrie Meek Gallagher, John Miller, Julio Perez, Joyce Rodler and Nicholas Nortz.

Two recent CleanSweep events held on Long Island resulted in the collection of more than 105,000 pounds of pesticides and hazardous chemicals from golf courses, cemeteries and marinas. The CleanSweepNY Program provides opportunities for safe and proper disposal of unwanted or obsolete pesticides and other chemicals, including elemental mercury.

Over the past 14 years, 22 events have been held across the state, collecting more than 1.6 million pounds of chemicals, 5,000 plastic pesticide containers and more than 870 pounds of elemental mercury. The Bureau of Pest Management in the Division of Materials Management plans these events in conjunction with the NYS Department of Transportation.

The next event will be sometime in spring 2017 in Region 7. Generally, two events are held each year—one in spring (Region 5 in 2016) and one in fall (Region 6 in 2016). This year’s collection in Long Island was an additional event.