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Paraguay mandates triple rinsing of agchem containers

Paraguay has made the triple rinsing or "pressurised washing" of used pesticide containers obligatory. The plant health and seed quality service, the Senave, issued Resolution Senave No 675/13 in August establishing such a regime. It takes into account "innumerable" pieces of evidence published by the UN FAO demonstrating the effectiveness of the triple rinse method for helping to neutralise possible toxic effects from the reuse or handling of empty pesticide containers. The regulation details the method of washing and destruction of containers so that they cannot be reused, so minimising risks to health and the environment. The Resolution adds other guidelines such as a ban on the import and use of pesticides in non-recyclable containers within 180 days of the issue of the regulation, while labels should contain a "triple rinse symbol" for those products in solid containers.

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