Obsolete plant protection products for hazardous waste disposal


<div>Evira would like to remind farmers, shops and domestic households that all plant protection products removed from the plant protection product register, as well as products that are out-of-date or otherwise unusable, must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Obsolete plant protection products may not be disposed of along with ordinary domestic waste, or spread in the environment, but must be taken to the municipal authorities’ hazardous waste collection or treatment sites.</div>

Municipal authorities must arrange for the utilisation and treatment of hazardous waste generated domestically and in forestry and agriculture. Municipal waste management or businesses that hold the necessary license for collection have permanent collection sites for this purpose. Information on collection sites and on any charges levied can be obtained from the municipal environmental protection authorities or from a municipality’s website on the Internet.

The keeper of the waste is responsible for all actions relating to the waste. Products that are out of use may be stored in the same place as plant protection products that are in use, but they must be kept clearly separated. However, they may not be kept on the shelves year after year. Toxic products must always be stored in a locked place. The products must be kept in their original packaging.

Packages that are in poor condition must be placed in durable, tightly closed containers. If the contents of a package are not known exactly, the text “Myrkyllistä kasvinsuojeluainetta. Koostumus tuntematon” (“Toxic plant protection product. Composition unknown”) must be written on the side of the package. Products containing heavy metals such as mercury or copper must carry the text “Sisältää raskasmetalleja“ (“Contains heavy metals”).

Only products that are in the register of plant protection products may be used for plant protection.

More information on the subject:
Municipal contact information: Local Finland
Ekokem Oy http://www.ekokem.fi/portal/en/
The Finnish Solid Waste Association (FSWA) www.jly.fi

For more information please contact:
Deputy director Eija-Leena Hynninen, Evira, tel. +358 2077 25180
Senior officer Reijo Vanhanen, Evira, tel. +358 2077 25182


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