“It is very easy and more and more probable to find pesticide’s molecules in your very soft tissues, your pure water plastic bottles, in your stretch jackets or in your children’s toys”
Angry4Change is a personal statement based on my last 7 years experience dealing with Pesticides Packaging Collection System in Romania- SCAPA.
My name is CorneliuBrad. I worked for the national recovery system for pesticides packages (SCAPA) from the beginning of the system. The first two years, 2007-2009, I was consultant for the Romanian Crop Protection Association – AIPROM. Between 2010 and 2012 I was the Executive Manager of RIGK Romaina srl, the SCAPA waste collector.
From 2013 I spend my time to understand what happened with my life until now. I know that this is quite desirable activity around 40’s.
In 2007 I join SCAPA project as a former journalist in agriculture, my personal drive was stop bad practices of waste management in farms, mainly because I saw a lot of paper and plastic burning on the Romanian fields. I meet a lot of farmers telling me that they don’t have other choice. I choose to change this situation and bad habits next to AIPROM. At the beginning I was working with very professional people, implicated, responsive, smart and also sophisticated. I’m almost certain they are buying their food from bio-shops but continuing to pay the bills from pesticides sales. The project was started end of 2007 and for two years we developed with enthusiasm the structure, rules and a net of collection centres. In 2008 RIGK Romania was selected as SCAPA collector. Then a severe business approach was brought on the table by AIPROM members. I changed the job to RIGK Romania in 2010, having a German Administrator and General Manager as a boss, all in one. I accepted from his side decisions and actions what seemed to me wrong for the system and for our organisation. I was hoping for more than an year that all the parties are doing efforts to solve the collection problems in the right way, keeping the environmental protection as main priority. I thought that I might change the system from inside. At one moment I realised that I was totally wrong on this path. In December 2012 I was fired by RIGK based on false incriminations, nothing related with waste collection which is the subject of this blog.
I started this blog when I realised that the SCAPA garbage is not at all my garbage and I was ready to take every personal risks. It took me two years of petitions, collection of data, speaking with implicated people. I can not go further in my life knowing all this garbage is going on. Is not only because the waste is hazardous, it is a dangerous way to call this systems environmental protection as long as they are not recovering a 100% threshold.
The name of the blog came to me after I found European Crop Protection Association’s campaign “Hungry for Change- Pesticide and Sustainable Agriculture” and I connected the name with what my shrink told me: always express your feelings. Angry, in this particular case. Angry4Change. Sell more, earn more, then we will see where to hide the garbage.
As you will see by simply browsing this blog, managing the pesticides packages in Romania proves to be a very hazardous action. I have also knowledges about similar experiences in other European countries. Other European countries are having a lot of pollution generated by this types of containers. I have some hints about similar stories on other continents, too.
I saw a lot of garbages. For full filing their goals, RIGK collected, redirected, created or invented waste for SCAPA clients. I have a clue about how the company policy might be the same in Germany. The authorities are most of the time slow and not responsive.
I hope this blog will make at least a small worldwide correction for the way pesticides packages are managed. I’m quite satisfied if improves only the Romanian system but I hope will be a start and the idea to be spread.
Crop protection chemical industry is packing up a lot of hazardous goods in a lot of packages. The products are used allover the world. Farmers do care or do understand more or less about these products and about their packages far less then about the product itself. The pesticide’s producers pretend that the industry cares, the industry has the right management scheme in place for the waste and they love to have a public recognition for what they are doing.
Coming from inside of the industry, I can tell you they do not do as much as they tell and not at the quality they would like us to believe they do. I also don’t think, and I would like to demonstrate that they don’t. They are not so responsible, the farmers are less informed and responsible as they pretend to be, authorities are looking more at the fine product then to a dirty container. The plastic and the paper, as recycling materials, are more and more valuable, so the farmers can sell them directly to a less responsible trader without any control of residues.
That is why I can say and I can show to you that “it is very easy and more and more probable to find pesticide’s molecules in your very soft tissues, your pure water plastic bottles, in your stretch jackets or in your children’s toys”
Spread this blog through environmental activists. Share my experience for making people to understand that is very easy for some pesticide’s chemical molecules to end up in your very soft tissues, your pure water plastic bottle, in your stretch jacket or in your children’s toys. Bring your own experience and special cases to this blog, hopefully we will improve the industry attitude.
Let’s make the pesticide’s producers and the authorities to invest more time and more money in a right communication to farmers. Let’s make them to apply the right management for this type of waste, even if this will reduce their profits.
It will be the direct benefit for your health and for the environmental protection good.