JIS News

Inspector for the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) in western Jamaica, Lee Roy Taylor, has said that the effects of improper disposal of pesticide containers on the environment and on human health could be reversed, if plastic containers were punctured, detoxified or triple rinsed, and put into productive use.
He told JIS News that these pesticide containers could be detoxified and recycled to make even electrical fittings. Plastic, he noted, was of high energy source and if detoxified, could be used in the fuel industry or even to make cement as the norm in some countries.
Mr. Taylor said that at present, he was seeking sponsorship to establish a project to collect plastic containers, especially in the most active farming areas, where receptacles are placed at strategic points, for farmers to follow the procedure of triple rinse, puncturing plastic containers and placing them in these receptacles.
“In the long run, I would like to see these containers going back into production, either recycled or used in the fuel industry. I want to spread this news to Jamaica that we need to properly dispose of these plastic containers, thereby saving lives, prevent flooding and recycle productively,” Mr. Taylor said.
Outlining activities being carried out by the PCA in observance of Pesticide Awareness Week (September 24-30), he said that farmers across the parish of St. James were less than responsible in the proper management of pesticides, and he was taking the initiative to educate them on how they could make their environment cleaner and healthier for all.
A series of sensitization programmes are currently being carried out in the main vegetable farming communities across the parish, notably in Mafoota, Garlands and Maroon Town. Activities are being staged under the theme: ‘Pesticide registration: facilitating trade, protecting health and the environment’.
Mr. Taylor, who has been addressing farmers on the subject of safe and effective disposal of pesticide containers, told JIS News that many farmers were guilty of carelessly discarding pesticide containers at the most convenient places to them, such as a gully, in the river and even on a garbage heap on the farm.
“These and other practices pose great danger to humans and could cause flooding, as a result of blocked drains. Children are always exposed to significant health risk as they stumble upon these containers and attempt to wash them out for the purpose of storing food for consumption. If we as users of pesticides can harness these containers and have them properly disposed, then we would reduce the negative impact on the environment,” he pointed out.

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