FAO Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP) Seminar Series

Dec 23, 2021

Towards sustainable management of obsolete stocks and pesticide packaging through multi-stakeholder cooperation. The recording of the seminar is now available here

The sustainable management of obsolete stocks and empty pesticide containers is crucial to achieve more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems. It is estimated that 330 000 tons of plastic pesticide containers are produced annually. This can generate chemical contaminated plastic waste problems and present risks to human health and the environment. Stocks of obsolete and hazardous pesticides and empty pesticide containers, often poorly stored, can result in toxic chemical leaks into the environment and contaminate water and soil.