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Northern Lake Michigan And Lake Superior Clean Sweep

Project Information

Award Amount:$60,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$3,158.00
Start-End Dates:9/30/97-12/30/98
Description:Summary: The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) has established a statewide program aimed at the removal and proper disposal of unwanted or unusable pesticides in Michigan. The objective of this project was to continue with the establishment of two more permanent clean sweep collection sites in order to provide dedicated collection, storage, and disposal services in the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior watersheds, in both urban and rural areas. Participants using the sites include farmers, golf courses managers, municipalities, schools and private citizens.

Environmental Results/Products: Funds from this grant were used to install permanent Clean Sweep facilities in Escanaba and Traverse City, Michigan. These facilities now serve as a central pesticide collection and disposal site for Northern Michigan and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and serve the Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron watersheds. Each site has signed a ten-year agreement, which obligates them to collect and dispose of any pesticide presented to those facilities by Michigan residents.

Individual Michigan residents may dispose of unused and unwanted pesticides by taking them to one of these Clean Sweep sites where they will be collected, packaged for shipping, and disposed of properly. There is no charge to the end-users of pesticides for this service. Disposal costs are covered by the MDA’s Michigan Groundwater Stewardship program, grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and services provided by the local cooperators.

Pesticide dealers and individuals who sell and/or apply pesticides for hire may also, at the Clean Sweep site manager’s discretion, dispose of unused or unwanted pesticides at cost. This cost is typically less than 20 percent of the normal cost of pesticide waste disposal because of economies of scale and competitive bidding of waste disposal costs.

The Clean Sweep program collected more than 59,000 pounds of pesticides from eight permanent sites in Michigan in operation at the time. These data reflect the minimum amount of pesticides collected. It is believed, however, that the numbers are significantly higher, but the data collection system in place at the time failed to capture all achievements. A breakdown of the types and amounts collected is on file.


There are no reports associated with this project.

Funding Organizations

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U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

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Michigan Department of Agriculture - Primary Contact

PO Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909
p: (517) 335-2874
f: (517) 335-3131
Individual Contacts
  • Jack Knorek


Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-8940

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