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For immediate release - Jan. 24, 2005

County urges pesticide users to participate in program

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Environmental Services is encouraging pesticide users to participate in an annual event that is organized to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or banned pesticides.

Operation Cleansweep, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is a free disposal event for pesticide users, specifically targeted to farmers, nursery operators and golf course operators.

Nearly 27 tons of pesticides have been collected the three years Operation Cleansweep was conducted in Lake County. In 2004, 22,293 pounds of pesticide were collected, up from about 4,000 total pounds in 2003. There was no collection in 2002, but in 2001, the first Operation Cleansweep in Lake County collected 27,827 pounds of pesticides.

Operation Cleansweep collection is now underway and will continue through June. Unlike previous years, the Lake County Landfill will not be a collection point for the program.

Commercial-end users of pesticides are asked to contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to arrange for direct pick up. For more information or to schedule a free pick up, call (877) 851-5285 or log on to http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/cleansweep-pesticides/.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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