Bayer CropScience is one of the world's leading innovative cropscience companies in the area of crop protection, non agricultural pest-control, seeds and plant biotechnology. They strive to build long term, consistent, predictable and mutually beneficial partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, and aim to generate value through innovation.
CropLife Africa Middle East, a member of CropLife International, represents the plant science industry and a network of national associations in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The "Plant Science Industry" includes manufacturers and distributors of crop protection products (pesticides) seeds and biotechnology products.
Today, growers of many U.S. crops hire independent professional consultants to manage their product use and only request applications of crop protection products when a problem arises. They also use products that are specific to the pests present. This has led some crops, like cotton, to reduce product applications from 20 or 40 applications per year down to 4 or 5.
New Refillable Container and Repackaging Requirements
Important New Requirements Documents
Consistent with this commitment to stewardship, the industry has worked closely with EPA in the development of a Pesticide Container and Containment (PCC) rule. Primary objectives of this rule are facilitating the disposal & recycling of pesticide containers and protecting the environment from potential pesticide releases due to spills & leaks in storage or when refilling/dispensing plant protection products. The requirements of the PCC rule have been phased in since it was finalized in 2006. Industry has participated in; training, the development of certification of retail centers for compliance with storage requirements and working to ensure smooth implementation of the rule so that the objectives are met and regulatory burden is minimized.
The final phase of implementation of the rule goes into effect on August 16th, 2011. After this date, registrants will be required to incorporate new container management language on the labels of products released for shipment. Pesticide users will be required to follow the new container management instructions as soon as they appear on the labels. Additionally, stationary tanks and portable refillable containers will be required to be compliant with the PCC rule. The labels of non-refillable containers will have recycling or reconditioning instructions. Labels (on containers) of refillable containers will have instructions for cleaning the container before it is recycled or disposed of.