The project, which already has preliminary approval of the Senate, indicates the main points to consider for managing these containers. While currently are legally considered as hazardous waste, most are thrown in landfills or streams, buried, burned or worse, used to collect water for animals or other domestic purposes. According to a study by the private sector, only in the campaign of 2011 more than 17 million containers of agrochemicals (about 13 thousand tons of plastic), more than half were for 20-liter drums were used.
The meeting was attended by specialists from SENASA and the INTI, along with Ing. Agr. Javier Souza Casadinho, the Pesticide Action Network Latin America, RAP-AL, and consultants deputies / as different packaging bloques.ley agroquímicos2
It was noted as positive the prompt enactment of an environmental law that addresses this issue, while some concerns were raised. The most important: the project does not make clear whether the chemical containers will continue to be considered hazardous waste, with all the specific administrative and legal requirements that implies, or not. It poses no restrictions for plastic recycling these wastes, such as articles in contact with food, toys, etc .; does not clarify safety requirements to be met by the centers where the containers will accumulate until they are transferred for recycling or destruction. Agrochemical companies will be those that design and carry forward the system at all stages, either mixed or private; the enforcement authority will be shared between the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, it is unclear who will have the last word.
In that sense, the deputy Cousinet said: "We will raise these concerns, and if appropriate present an alternative opinion. It is important to alert that there is any plastic container, many contain dangerous substances. We are watching for months how Monsanto tries to bypass the government to charge for their seeds, we can not leave in their hands the management of these wastes, we know what will prioritize interests. We must care for the health of the population and the environment. "