Collection of empty agrochemical containers in Prespa
The Municipality of Prespa has once again ensured a certified company has collected Prespa’s empty agrochemical containers, ensuring their safe transportation and disposal. Although this is a costly process due to our distance from the recycling centre, it is essential for protecting Prespa’s surface and groundwaters from the toxic contents of this packaging.
Αs part of the ‘Prespa’s Green and Blue LifeLines’ project, the SPP has donated 14 special new bins for the existing water intake points that serve farmers in the fields, helping to safely collect these containers and prevent pollution of adjacent waters and the aquifer with agrochemicals.
The collaboration between SPP, the Municipality of Prespes, and the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (N.E.C.C.A.)
to reduce the disposal of empty pesticide containers in the Prespa region, especially in the streams, has been in progress since 2017, with the approval of the local land improvement body of Prespa.
Encouraging more farmers to join in and collect larger quantities of containers not only cuts costs but also leads to more effective, win-win solutions. When disposing of containers, the recommended “triple rinse” with water saves on pesticides for farmers but also neutralises the empty containers, benefiting the Prespa environment.
Together, we can make a positive impact!
The Society for the Protection of Prespa benefits from the support of the Donors’ Initiative for Mediterranean Freshwater Ecosystems. The project ‘Prespa’s Green and Blue LifeLines’ is co-funded by the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust.