Pilot Operation Cleansweep programs conducted during 1996, 1997 and 1998 in Alachua (.pdf), Hillsborough (.pdf), Miami-Dade (.pdf), Okaloosa (.pdf), and Palm Beach (.pdf) counties successfully collected and disposed of more than 25,000 pounds of these CSUP at a cost of $40,000. The $40,000 covered the costs of contracted sorting, packing and disposal of the CSUP. These disposal costs have increased since these pilot projects. Staffing and collection sites were contributed by the participating organizations and businesses at no cost. Collected CSUP ranged from A (alachlor) to Z (zineb) and included chlordane, 2,4-D, DDT, Thimet and even some more lead arsenate. Thimet, both pure and in combinations with endrin and lead arsenate, was the largest quantity of a single pesticide collected during the pilots.
A contracted hazardous waste management company provided on-site handling, sorting and packing as well as transportation and disposal. Burt McKee, courtesy of his employer United Agri Products, was the overall coordinator for publicizing, planning and managing the pilot Operation Cleansweep collections. Collected CSUP were managed as Universal Waste Pesticides under the federal Universal Waste Rule, 40 CFR Part 273, as adopted by Florida as Rule 62-730.185, F.A.C. Florida Hazardous Waste Regulations. The Universal Waste Rule streamlines the hazardous waste regulations that would otherwise apply to CSUP, thereby encouraging proper management with an appropriate level of environmental protection. In short, hazardous waste rules are relaxed somewhat for the participants who brought in the CSUP to the pilot collections, but not for the facilities that eventually dispose of the CSUP. The following partners cooperatively developed Operation Cleansweep operational plans to ensure adherence to all applicable laws and regulations and to best fit the needs of participating growers:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (the designated lead agency)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Department of Community Affairs
Florida Department of Transportation
Institute of Food and Agricultural Services
Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
United Agri Products
Cooperative Extension Service and Solid Waste Departments of
De Soto County
Palm Beach County
St. Lucie County
All local officials and emergency responders were notified of the collection dates and plans in their areas and invited to participate as appropriate. As a result, the Operation Cleansweep pilots were efficient and cost-effective with no operational problems or emergency situations. And perhaps most important, the trust between growers and governmental agencies was strengthened, paving the way for future Operation Cleansweep collections.
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