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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are lauding recent CleanSweepNY efforts in Lockport. 

The event promotes a healthy and sustainable New York by providing opportunities for proper disposal of unwanted and/or obsolete pesticides and other chemicals.

Similar events were held locally in Gowanda and Warsaw.

The spring CleanSweepNY event resulted in the collection of 93,633 pounds of chemicals from 112 participants in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming counties. CleanSweepNY staff collected 66,327 pounds of pesticides, 3,005 pounds of chemicals used and stored by school districts, 12,431 pounds of paint, more than 5,000 mercury-containing devices, and 342 aerosol containers.

“CleanSweepNY helps keep unwanted pesticides and other chemicals out of our environment, communities, and municipal landfills.” Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “We are pleased that so many farmers, businesses, and institutions in the region participated in this opportunity to help build a toxic-free future for New York state.”

DEC schedules and organizes CleanSweepNY events in collaboration with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) — the collection events were held at three DOT facilities.

For more information on CleanSweepNY, visit the CleanSweepNY website or call toll free: 1-877-SWEEPNY (877-793-3769).