Repackaging of DDT in Kyrgyzstan

Written by sandra. Posted in Kyrgyzstan

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In November 2015, old stocks of DDT were repacked at At-Bashy anti-plague station in Kyrgyzstan. These activities were implemented as a joint effort within the GEF funded UNEP project Demonstrating and Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for the Control of Vector Borne Diseases in Southern Caucasus (Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) (DDT-project) and the EC FAO partnership project Improving capacities to eliminate and prevent recurrence of obsolete pesticides as a model for tackling unused hazardous chemicals in the former Soviet Union. The U.K. based company Veolia Field Services repacked more than 13 tonnes of DDT at anti plague station At-Bashy in Kyrgyzstan. The DDT was buried in bags and was excavated by Veolia using a local repackaging team from the Ministry of Health.

The safeguarding activities at At-Bashy had been planned as follow-up to previous emergency repackaging of more than 17 tonnes of DDT. Upon request by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health, the DDT-project undertook emergency safeguarding at the At-Bashy anti-plague station in Kyrgyzstan in December 2013. At this site the store roof was in bad condition and it was feared that during winter the roof might collapse, thus destroying the DDT bags and mix the chemical with the rubble from the destroyed building. In total, 17 tonnes of bags with 10 % powdered DDT was repacked and stored in a shipping container at the site. The 13 tonnes excavated in November 2015 were placed in a shipping container as well.

Besides finalising repackaging at At-Bashy, Veolia also started safeguarding obsolete pesticides stocks at a high risk site at Balakchy (near Issyk-Kul lake). Before the start of repackaging, Veolia trained a repackaging team consisting of staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, Environmental Agency and Ministry of Health. Project partners Green Cross Switzerland and Milieukontakt International additionally organised a training on Monitoring and Supervision of Safeguarding for the same ministries and agencies as well as for staff from the Kyrgyz Environmental Inspection.

It is expected that the remaining stocks of obsolete pesticides at Balakchy will be repacked in January and February 2016. The stocks at Balakchy will also be stored in shipping containers, until a central storage for obsolete pesticides will be built the country or options for local disposal or disposal abroad in licensed facilities will become available.

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