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Disposal of obsolete chemicals


Recognize the problem

Farmers often have chemicals on their farm which, for various reasons, cannot be used for any agricultural purpose and are a hazard to be kept on the farm. The disposal of these chemicals cannot be done on-farm.


Common causes of this situation include the following:
  • the product has been withdrawn for health or environmental reasons
  • the product (or label) has deteriorated as a result of improper or prolonged storage
  • the product is not suitable for its original use and cannot be used for another purpose
Disposal of chemicals by dumping or improper use of chemicals will contaminate the environment. Waterways can become hazardous to human health and you may incur a fine.


The best way to avoid having obsolete chemicals is to make sure you use up all the chemicals on a regular basis and to purchase only what you need.

If you do have chemicals that have deteriorated and are no longer useable you cannot dispose of them yourself.

Contact the Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage department for advice on how to dispose of these chemicals and who can help with this.

The recommendations in this factsheet are relevant to: Barbados

Authors: Tonya Ifill
Greame Hall, Christ Church
tel: 1-246-434-5000 email:
©CAB International. Published under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 licence.

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