Japanese Ministry of the Environment encourages the early disposal of mercury-containing pesticides
In Japan, the use of the mercury-containing pesticides has been prohibited since 1973. At that time, two types of mercury-containing pesticides were used in Japan, one was for blast disease, and the other was for seed disinfection and soil sterilization.
However, even today, there are records of those pesticides requiring disposal which mostly occurs during spring cleaning of the end of the year.
Along with the Minamata Convention on Mercury adopted in October 2013, the Ministry of the Environment published a leaflet to encourage the early and proper disposal of accumulated mercury-containing pesticides.
The leaflet shows list of mercury-containing pesticides, the procedure of proper disposal, and contact information.
Japan Agricultural Cooperatives are also involved in a pesticide (including mercury-containing pesticide) collection project. The fee to collect mercury-containing pesticides is about ¥5,000~13,000 per kg. (US$50-130), however, this is cheaper and easier than requesting mercury processing and disposal personnel oneself.
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