Agrochemicals

02/ 06/ 2011

Since December 2010, the EBA Agrochemical Committee has been discussing with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine possible ways of establishing a Container Management System (CMS) in the agrochemical sector of Ukraine.

In May 2011, following the agreements reached between the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the National Centre for Treatment of Hazardous Substances and the EBA Agrochemical Committee, eleven collection points were set up in five regions of Ukraine – as a first step on the way to establishing a high quality CMS in Ukraine.

Background: Nowadays, the world’s leading agrochemical companies working in the plant protection market of Ukraine acknowledge that empty agrochemical containers constitute a threat for the environment, for the country and for future generations. Therefore, the businesses are ready to support the development and implementation of a proper collection and destruction system for empty containers from pesticides and agrochemicals in Ukraine.

The Agrochemical Committee has been doing its best to inform agrarians, farmers, private households and population of the following: since chemical substances contained in pesticides and agrochemicals can prove to be dangerous for human health and remain on the walls of empty containers, please use triple rinsing. By treated like this, empty containers should have minimal risk to humans or the environment. However, empty pesticide containers should never be used for other uses around the home or workplace. Also, the Agrochemical Committee recommends informing agrochemical producers of the location, type and quantity of empty packaging as well as of the address, where it can be picked for destruction purposes by a specially authorized body.

With a view to the above-said, back in December 2010, the EBA Agrochemical Committee initiated a dialogue with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and the National Centre for Treatment of Hazardous Substances aimed at developing a concept and mechanisms of empty container management in Ukraine.

Creation of 11 collection points is only the first – but very important – step on the way of developing a comprehensive CMS based on the best EU practices. The Agrochemical Committee is looking forward to continuing an active and fruitful dialogue with interested stakeholders and finding ways to solve the problem in the quickest and most efficient way.

We are happy to share this success with our members and end-users of plant protection products who have been awaiting the development of appropriate collection mechanisms in Ukraine.

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