Agchem container recycling tops 40,000 tonnes in Brazil
The collection, disposal and recycling of empty pesticide containers rose by another 8% in Brazil in 2013 to over 40,400 tonnes, official news agency Agencia Brasil reports. The agency notes that cumulative collections since the recycling organisation, the inpEV, initiated its operations in 2002 exceed 280,000 tonnes. The organisation's chief executive, João Cesar Rando, believes that more is to come. "In 2014, we expect this growth to be accentuated as rural workers become more aware of good practice," he forecasts. Some of the smaller states, such as Maranhão, Rondônia and Piauí, with more recent adoption of such practices, saw growth of between a quarter and a third. The inpEV estimates that "almost 94% of primary plastic containers that come into contact with pesticides" are returned by growers to some 400 collection centres around the country. Around 10% of the total was deposited at newer mobile and temporary collection posts.