A green light for safe disposal of obsolete pesticides!
On 21 November the Government approved amendments to CMU Resolution No. 1120 of 13 July 2000, which paved the way for the environmentally safe disposal of obsolete and counterfeit pesticides abroad. The agrochemical business has been waiting for this for almost 4 years.
Ukraine has no technological capabilities for the safe destruction of obsolete pesticides, which has been repeatedly confirmed by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
Even the EU has only a few factories that can dispose this kind of hazardous waste.
In fact, the only possible way out is to use the mechanism of the Basel Convention On the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.
According to the Convention, in the event of lack or absence of capacities within the state, the relevant governmental agencies of the exporting state (in our case, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources) and the importing state can agree on the transboundary movement of obsolete pesticides for their proper disposal in a country with appropriate technologies.
At the same time, the Ministry of Ecology was not able to provide the appropriate “consent to the transboundary transportation” due to non-compliance of the Resolution No. 1120, with international requirements, in particular the text of the Convention itself.
The international crop protection business community welcomes the approval of necessary legislative amendments that give a green light for environmentally safe disposal of hazardous waste and hopes for the earliest issuance of the consent for transboundary movement of obsolete pesticides.