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Jul 11, 2022

Coming Soon, a New Way To Dispose of Your Pesticides Containers

If you have empty pesticide containers, the advice from the Pesticides Control Board is that you store them and take them to the nearest collection outlet in your zone. The Department of the Environment and the Pesticides Control Board are working jointly on a national empty pesticide containers management plan. When the plan is implemented, it should significantly reduce the amount of these containers that end up in the waterways and become pollutants to the environment. Chief Environmental Officer, Anthony Mai explained to News Five how the new system should work.


Anthony Mai, Chief Environmental Officer, Department of the Environment

“The plan calls for the zoning of Belize in three areas: we’ll have a northern, central and southern zone. We want to create collection centres in these three zones and we’ll have one central collection centre and then we’ll have small collection centres. The idea is that farmers will be able to put these empty pesticide containers after they have been triple-rinsed into the small containers, then these will be taken to the larger container. They will be compacted and then hopefully we’ll be able to take these products out of Belize for repurposing, etcetera.”


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