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NY collects 138,000 pounds of hazardous chemicals

January 3, 2014
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York conservation officials say they collected 138,000 pounds of unwanted chemicals from the state's western Finger Lakes region in October.

Part of the state's CleanSweepNY program, the Department of Environmental Conservation says it's an opportunity for businesses, farms and schools to dispose of obsolete or otherwise unwanted pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals.

They were collected from 211 businesses, municipalities and schools in 11 counties.

In the program begun in 2002, the DEC says to date it has collected and disposed of 1.2 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, 800 pounds of elemental mercury and about 4,000 plastic pesticide containers.



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