Brazil state to destroy banned agchems
The Brazilian state of Parana is to incinerate some 400 tonnes of banned pesticides, newspaper Industria & Comercio reports. The state authorities collected the material from over 2,000 rural properties in the state through its obsolete pesticides project. It is a unique venture in Brazil and is a partnership between the state environmental secretariat and the container collection organisation, the inpEV. The haul will have brought the total withdrawal of such material to some 1,200 tonnes in the state since 2009, the newspaper adds. Among the most “well-known” pesticides is the fungicide, hexachlorobenzene, used for several years on cotton and coffee in Parana, but banned for health and environmental reasons in 1985, it adds.