Grower pesticide amnesty begins

From today (17 December), growers are being given the chance to get rid of any unwanted, out-of-date or revoked pesticides and biocides as part of Project SOE (security in the operational environment).

The pesticides amnesty will run from 3 January to 14 March 2011 and comes as part the overall Project SOE initiative, which aims to ensure that pesticides and biocides are stored and used in a safe and sustainable way.

NFU vice-president Gwyn Jones said: "A huge range of products has lost UK approval as pesticides and biocides for a variety of reasons over the past few years. This is a great opportunity to check your stores and dispose of anything that is out of date or no longer legal."

The amnesty is being managed by Killgerm Chemicals and the only cost to growers is a one-off registration fee of £20.

Any quantity of product can be disposed of, providing a list of the products, quantities, packaging and information about the condition of packaging is supplied at the time of registration.

- For full details or to register, see www.projectsoe.org. Early registration is recommended.


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