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Australian state collects old pesticides

Over 24 tonnes of obsolete or unwanted pesticides and veterinary medicines have been collected in the Australian state of Queensland through industry stewardship body Agsafe's ChemClear programme. A collection truck travelled through 35 council regions during a four-week tour of the state. Some 14.4 tonnes of Group 1 chemicals were collected for free while 10.5 tonnes of Group 2 chemicals attracted a fee. The latter included products that were unlabelled, severely out of date, mixed agvet chemicals and those from non-participating manufacturers, Agsafe points out. About 98% of chemicals collected through the scheme are incinerated as an alternative fuel source in the manufacture of cement.

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