Egypt's Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad announced yesterday that around 470 tonnes of high-risk pesticides that were abandoned in a warehouse in El-Saff city, Giza have been safely removed.
The minister explained that the hazardous substances had been a time-bomb for the past 30 years and that their removal was necessary.
The pesticides will be transported to Sweden and France where they will be incinerated in special ovens, according to a statement released yesterday by the environment ministry.
The statement added that the warehouse in El-Saff has been completely purged.
According to Minister Fouad, the ministry has taken special safety measures to ensure the safety of the citizens in the area where the pesticides are currently being stored pending disposal.
The minister also said that the late environmental scientist Mostafa Kamal Tolba was the first to raise attention to this issue.
Fouad said that the ministry is currently working on finalising its integrated hazardous waste management strategy to abide by Egypt's international commitments stipulated in the Stockholm and Basel conventions.
She asserted that the strategy aims to abide by international commitments as well as preserve the health of Egyptian citizens.