CropLife Ghana in collaboration with CropLife International and EZOV (a private company that processes pesticide containers for recyclers) from June 20-24 2017, undertook an exercise in the Ejura Sekyeredumase district in the Ashanti Region to collect empty pesticide containers from 20 specially constructed collection bins erected at vantage points in the Ejura district for use by farmers.
These bins were properly placed at vantage communities to enable farmers deposit their empty pesticide containers after usage, especially when returning from their farms. These bins were constructed in 2010 under the pilot phase of the container management program. This collection exercise is the 4th time, since the project was instituted in 2010. Over 90% of the containers collected are HDPE and 1 Litre in size. Other containers are 250 Mls in sizes.
The empty pesticide containers would be transported to the CropLife Ghana storage facility in Pokuase for processing, shredding and storage until such a time when the appropriate tonnage required by recyclers would be attained. Containers of Wynca Sunshine Products would be processed and shredded and transported to the Wynca Sunshine Agric factory at Boankra, Ashanti Region to be recycled into pesticide caps for their own pesticide bottles.
Under the FAO-TCP Program for Ghana, a component for container management is being discussed in collaboration with PPRSD/MoFA and CCMC/EPA to enable expansion of the container management program to 5 key districts in the Ashanti Region. This program if implemented would increase Ghana’s empty pesticide container collection from 25% in 2016 to about 50% in 2018.