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Spanish agchem container collection inches up

Almost half of all empty pesticide containers have been recycled or disposed of in Spain in each of the last two annual surveys, Spanish pesticide container recycling organisation Sigfito says. The percentage was maintained at 48% last year, while the level of collections in volumes rose slightly. Collections were similar in volumes and in the proportion of containers used to the level of2008, when 2,800-3,000 tonnes were either recycled or disposed ( Agrow No 566, p 14). The Sigfito is aiming for collections to reach 60% of all containers by the end of 2012. Collections in absolute and proportionate terms had been steadily rising in the2004-8 period, before flattening out. The cost of the system peaked in 2007 at almost €4.5 million ($6.4 million at the current rate), falling to €3.5 million ($4.9 million) in 2009 before rising slightly last year in a growing market ( Agrow No 617, p 11). Costs have been falling per item collected. The system cost over €2 ($2.83)/kg in 2005 and had fallen to around €1.25 ($2.12)/kg by the end of 2010.

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