This fall safe pesticide disposal becomes real

10/ 09/ 2019

For the first time in more than 5 years, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine has issued a written consent for the transboundary movement of obsolete pesticides for their proper disposal in the EU countries.

The European Business Association welcomes this decision, as business community has been waiting for it for more than 5 years.

According to this document, the first batch of 1500 tons of obsolete and forbidden pesticides will be exported and disposed of in an environmentally sound way. 

Today, more than 10,000 tons of obsolete and forbidden pesticides are stored in Ukraine, most of which have been inherited since Soviet times in so-called “burial grounds”. In addition, Ukraine imports more than 100,000 tons of such pesticides, a small part of which is not used and becomes obsolete. Their disposal will be gradual.

Viktor Pogorilyi Agrochemical Committee Senior Manager
Ukraine has no facilities for disposal of this type of waste in an environmentally sound manner. Accordingly, the only solution to the problem of waste disposal is their transboundary movement to the EU countries for environmentally sound destruction.

The European Business Association has been addressing this issue for 5 years. For now, the issue has moved from the deadlock, and already this fall we hope to begin the process of exporting unsuitable pesticides for their disposal.

Recall, that during these 5 years several steps have been taken to resolve this issue in Ukraine. Firstly, the Basel Convention, which regulates the mechanism of the cross-border, was translated. Secondly, the Ukrainian legislation was amended – CMU Resolution N 1120 and the existing technical inconsistencies were eliminated. Thirdly, written consent to the transboundary movement was given.

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