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Designing and Implementing Effective Pesticide Container Stewardship Programmes

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There are two types of container management programmes: obsolete stock empty container dispositions and programmes for managing contemporary pesticide packaging as each is emptied. The former is usually a one-time campaign that follows the consolidation and bulking of obsolete stocks. The latter, pesticide management or stewardship programme is contemporaneous to the annual use of pesticides. This latter effort is primarily differentiated from obsolete stocks containers in that residue removal is practiced as each pesticide is used. This proper rinsing of containers is neither the sum total stewardship effort, nor is it even in the early stages of programme development. That success is predicated on a number of decisions and assessments made in an approximate order. Not all of these tools have been provided in previously published guidance. An understanding of the stakeholders and acknowledgement of their motivations are critical in assigning financial and other responsibilities. Producers, users, and the public potentially receive economic or other benefits from proper container stewardship. From this acknowledgement, a return logistics paradigm can reduce environmental health risks by moving recovered packaging to a recycler or other final disposition. Assessing these endpoints include common evaluations for any nation or continent. Once the pathways for returned packaging are set, then the training programme to assure residue removal as each package is emptied is instituted. The author will list additional considerations and provide resources for assuring this residue reduction, return, low risk container stewardship effort is established and sustainably maintained.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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