Ecuador Hazardous Waste Management

Management of Obsolete Pesticides

Polyeco Group has successfully completed the safeguarding and export of obsolete pesticides from Ecuador to Europe for final destruction at a licensed high temperature incineration facility in Sweden.  The project was awarded to Polyeco Group through international tendering by The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in May 2015. Waste was safely exported from the country in October 2015. The safeguarding operations were conducted in cooperation with Agrocalidad, who had previously identified the national stockpile of obsolete pesticides in the country.

Polyeco Group provided UN approved packaging, and other equipment and consumables for the collection, repackaging, labelling and transportation of waste. Polyeco Group staff repacked and exported the obsolete pesticides for final disposal in accordance to the Basel Convention. Finally, experienced personnel decontaminated the pesticide’s temporary storage area.

This project was a great success for Ecuador, which was striving to export obsolete pesticides from the country for many years in order to meet its national targets in the context of the Stockholm convention. This project leads the way for the removal of other POPs and hazardous waste from the country.

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