Amenity Pesticide Usage

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Dear East Dunbartonshire Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.

1. Please provide the following information on amenity pesticide usage:
a. A list of the pesticides you use (brand name, and active ingredient), this should include insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides and herbicides.
b. The COSHH assessment form for each of the pesticides you use.
c. Where these chemicals are used, i.e parks, road verges, pavements, tree bases etc.
d. Annual quantities of each pesticide used over the past 5 years. Please include the total amount of each used both by the council internally and externally through contractors.
e. Please also confirm the concentrations of each pesticide used at application.

2. What strategies does the council have in place to reduce the use of these pesticides? Please provide detail on these efforts including dates and costings where possible.

3. How much has the council spent on purchasing and spraying amenity pesticides over the past 5 years? Please include staff costs of people employed to undertake this (either contractors or council staff), personal protective equipment, safety training, spray equipment, hazard signs, etc.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested above for any reason, I would be grateful for any further advice or assistance as to how I can refine my request. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs as necessary.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Kate Basley

East Dunbartonshire Council

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East Dunbartonshire Council

21 Atodiad

Dear Ms Basley,

Thank you for requesting information under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2000.

We can advise as follows:

1.Please provide the following information on amenity pesticide usage:
a.A list of the pesticides you use (brand name, and active ingredient),
this should include insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides and herbicides.

Roundup, Pistol, Gallup, Hilite, Asteroid Pro & Nomix Dual, Rosate
(Active ingredient Glyphosate)
Icade and Chikara (Not glyphosate based)

(Embedded image moved to file: pic23811.gif)(See attached file: Brown
Nomix-Dual-750ml-Product-Label-2017.pdf)(See attached file: Brown
Nomix-Dual-750ml-Material-Safety-Data-Sheet-2017.pdf)(See attached file:
Brown MSDSRoundup-Proactive-040517.pdf)(See attached file: Brown
Roundup-Proactive-Nov16.pdf)(See attached file: Brown Asteroid_Pro_450.pdf)
(See attached file: Icade Safety Sheet.pdf)(See attached file: Chikara
Safety Data Sheet.pdf)

(See attached file: barclay gallup 360 data sheet.pdf)(See attached file:
hilite data sheet.pdf)(See attached file: Rosate 360 TF MSDS.pdf)

b.The COSHH assessment form for each of the pesticides you use

(See attached file: GS 2 COSHH Roundup Pro Biactive.pdf)(See attached file:
GS 5 COSHH Nomix Dual.pdf)

(See attached file: GS 9 COSHH ICADE TM. Herbicide.doc)

(See attached file: GS 12 COSHH Chikara Feb '13.doc)
(See attached file: GS6 COSHH Finale.pdf)
(See attached file: GS7 COSHH Pistol.pdf)(See attached file: GS 4 COSHH
Barclay Gallup 360.pdf)(See attached file: GS 8 COSHH Hilite Herbicide Apr
12.doc)

c.Where these chemicals are used, i.e parks, road verges, pavements, tree
bases etc.

Open Spaces, Schools, Road verges, Non-native invasive species. The
application is per SEPA guidelines and manufacturer's recommendations.

d. Annual quantities of each pesticide used over the past 5 years. Please
include the total amount of each used both by the council internally and
externally through contractors.

2020/2021 (part year) - Internally - 155 litres, External contractor
estimated 600 litres per year.
2019/2020 - Internally - 1220 litres, External contractor estimated 600
litres per year
2018/2019 - Internally - 1025 litres, External contractor estimated 600
litres per year
2017/2018 - Internally - 1510 litres, External contractor estimated 600
litres per year
2016/2017 - Full year data not available

A breakdown of litres bought and used internally is listed below:

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e.Please also confirm the concentrations of each pesticide used at
application.

Concentrations applied as per the product safety sheet as detailed in
answer 1a.

2. What strategies does the council have in place to reduce the use of
these pesticides? Please provide detail on these efforts including dates
and costings where possible.

The Council is creating a Horticultural Framework which will include a
request for contractors to reduce the amount of glyphosate within their
sprays and to provide alternative non-glyphosate based chemicals to treat
weeds. Contractors will be encouraged to use technologically smart
machines to identify and spray areas with weeds only, thereby reducing
level of glyphosate used. The Service uses directional nozzles to control
spray direction and to limit droplet spread. The Council intends to pilot
and test a number of different techniques and products to determine an
equitable level of control of weeds in 2021.

3. How much has the council spent on purchasing and spraying amenity
pesticides over the past 5 years? Please include staff costs of people
employed to undertake this (either contractors or council staff), personal
protective equipment, safety training, spray equipment, hazard signs, etc.

Cost of contractors for Road verge spraying (twice a year) and control of
invasive non-native species - £111,394 since 2017 (2016/2017 data not
available). Please note that for other activities such as preparation of
herbaceous borders, or wildflower creation, a total cost is provided for
planting, herbicide treatment and traffic management as a whole and
therefore an exact figure cannot be calculated. Breakdown per year for
contractors where the activity is solely for spraying is as follows:

2020/2021 - £17,500
2019/2020 - £34,975
2018/2019 - £31,511
2017/2018 - £27,408
2016/2017 - Data not available

Please see below breakdown of in-house costs for equipment. As the service
is integrated between open space maintenance, cemeteries and street
cleaning we are unable to provide a cost specifically in relation to
manpower, PPE, signage etc.

2020/2021 (part) - £1363.46
2019/2020 - £3003.75
2018/2019 - £751.60
2017/2018 - £2266.08
2016/2017 - Data not available for full year (in-house spend recorded of
£107.80)

Cost for purchase of herbicide;

20/21 - £2683 (part year)
19/20 - £24640
18/19 - £17,232
17/18 - £28,364
16/17 - £2279 (part year, full year data not available)

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Yours sincerely,

Gillian

Gillian Telfer
Greenspace & Streetscene Manager
East Dunbartonshire Council
Broomhill Depot, Kilsyth Road
Kirkintilloch G66 1TF

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Dear Ms Telfer,

Thank you very much for all the information you have sent through, it's greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,
Kate

East Dunbartonshire Council

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