Obsolete pesticides are excess pesticides that can no longer be used either because they have deteriorated during storage or because their use has since been banned. These pose significant risks to human health and the environment, particularly in countries without adequate disposal facilities. The new report - Obsolete Pesticides; a ticking time bomb and why we have to act now - acknowledges the efforts of EU member states, particularly those in Eastern Europe, to eliminate these stocks but states that further measures are needed to deal with the problem. The report also highlights the large stocks held by neighbouring countries, outside of the European Union.
The authors call for the EU to adopt rules that require producers to collect and destroy obsolete pesticides to eliminate stock completely as well as taking measures should also be taken to prevent the accumulation of new stocks. Assistance should also be given by the EU to help neighbouring regions eliminate the problem.
The report calls on the commission to develop an action plan to address the problem in collaboration with non-EU countries, international organisations and other stakeholders. Further, the report calls for compulsory reporting on obsolete stockpiles by EU member states, and for the voluntary collection and destruction of obsolete stocks by pesticide manufactures.