In Ukraine, not more than 50% of containers from pesticides and toxic chemicals used by agrarians are sent for utilization. These data were shared by the company BASF, agravery reports.
Considering that mainly large agricultural producers buy the products of this manufacturer, the publication assumes that in general, the recycled containers are even less. And the surveyed companies selling agricultural chemicals confirm that this percentage is very low.
The agro holdings have special departments for recycling containers. Usually used containers are washed during the preparation of spray material. Then they are put on pallets, wrapped in a stretch film, waiting for the service company, which transport all for recycling.
“It’s convenient. We have 25 thousand hectares and just imagine where to put all the containers we use for a season,” says Yaroslav Mazurenko from “Volynʹ-Zerno-Produkt”.
Small manufacturers often do not hand over the containers at all. They use them to store something else, burn them, or take them to a landfill. In the worst case, the containers are further used in selling counterfeit products.
That’s because it’s unprofitable for service companies to go hundreds of kilometers with several empty containers. Farmers neither carry them on their own.
In general, last year in Ukraine, 17.2 thousand tons of plastic waste was officially utilized, destroyed and sent to landfill, and this is only 35% of what has been accumulated during that time. How many of them are containers from the agrochemistry, remains unknown.
According to the calculations of the publication, not less than 7 thousand tons of plastic containers with chemicals enter the territory of Ukraine every year. If we take into account that only 35% of it is recycled (as the national average), only last year 4.5 thousand tons of dangerous plastic were accumulated on our territory.
However, the danger is not only the containers themselves. Earlier, AgroDay wrote that there was also a problem of recycling useless pesticides. More than a third of them are stored in unsatisfactory condition.