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Spanish empty agchem collections up 15% in 2011

The collection and recycling of empty pesticide containers in Spain rose by 15.3% to 3,358 tonnes in 2011 compared with the previous year, the national pesticide container recycling organisation, the Sigfito, says. That brought the share of used containers that had been collected to 55.2% against 47.8% the previous year. The organisation had been raising the proportion it was collecting until 2008 when it flattened out until last year. It is targeting 60% for this year and is to widen its ambit to empty seed and fertiliser packs. The cost of running its campaigns started to fall in 2008, but the trend reversed in 2010, returning in 2011 to its level of four years ago, some €4.1 million ($5.2 million at the current rate). The cost as a proportion of each collected container has been falling for years, but is levelling at just above €1.20 ($1.53) per kg. The network counted on almost 2,800 collection points by the end of last year. The Sigfito celebrates its tenth anniversary next month.

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