Jun. 10, 2008
Just over half of all pesticide containers were recycled or disposed of across 18 countries in Latin America last year. Some 19,517 tonnes of pesticide containers or 50.4% of those available were collected in 2007, CropLife Latin America says. Brazil was the top recycler, at 90% of available packages, followed by Guatemala (57.1%), Paraguay (46.2%), El Salvador (45.8%), and Honduras (40%).
“More and more governments are introducing legislation on the safe and responsible use of pesticides and the adequate disposal of empty containers,” the association says. Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Peru have already done so, it adds. “Some 18 countries in the region have a collection infrastructure.”
The CropLife programme, Campo Limpio, has been running since 1991. Some 130,000 people in 18 Latin American countries learned about the “safe and responsible use” of pesticides in 2007, according to CropLife. They were made up of farmers, agricultural technicians, students and “housewives”. Campo Limpio promotes participation among distributors, authorities, farmers and their nearby communities. It has been developed with the aid of international bodies, such as the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture, the US EPA, the UN Environment Programme and the US Agency for International Development, and with national entities such as universities, research groups and Ministries of Agriculture and Health.