aware that this is for cleaned pesticide containers and will only be an option for 12 months after the regulations come into force. Growers have a 'duty of care' to ensure that their waste is disposed of in a legal manner and must retain proof that they have fulfilled this requirement.
A number of waste schemes have been set up, each operating in different ways. Many require more work on the part of the grower. For example, some schemes require that pesticide container labels and caps are removed whereas others do not. This additional intervention on farm should be factored in when considering the costs of the various schemes says Agrovista. All pesticide containers should be thoroughly cleaned by triple-rinsing or equivalent procedures, and thoroughly drained of rinsate before being entered into any scheme. Attention must be paid to avoiding water pollution when removing foil seals, which is a requirement for many of the recycling schemes. The concentrated chemical on a single foil seal has the potential to contaminate up to 30km of stream if not handled and disposed of safely. The new legislation will not be welcomed by many growers says Agrovista, but most realise that they have to take their new obligations seriously and they are finding ways to make this happen. It has recently been announced by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) that the new legislation will come into force on 14th May 2006.
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