Glyphosate-based herbicides (FOI-3044)
Dear ***** *****
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received 8 April 2019 . Please find below your questions and the Council"s response. Please also take note of the following general information about glyphosate use:
Since the summer of 2018, we have been developing a new approach aimed at significantly reducing glyphosate usage on Hackney’s streets, while reviewing its use elsewhere; discussing emerging alternatives; and identifying new opportunities to reduce spraying, as part of a managed retreat from glyphosate use.
Following the May 2018 local elections, we immediately reduced the number of roads sprayed with glyphosate by 20 per cent and, by subsequently changing the way we spray - from operatives mounted on vehicles to spot-spraying with knapsacks, and reducing sprays from four to three per season - we have been able to limit glyphosate use even further, reducing the amount of on-street spraying by 50 per cent compared with 2017 levels.
In addition, more than 100km of pavements on high streets and town centres will now have weeds removed by hand instead of chemically. This has resulted in a reduction of approximately 600 litres of glyphosate a year. The next steps in this process will be to review glyphosate use across other service areas and develop a pilot area in Hackney, subject to resident consultation, where we cease spraying altogether for a defined period of time in order to assess the impact on biodiversity.
In the meantime, we will continue to significantly reduce the spraying of glyphosate in a managed way, as long as it remains declared safe for use by Defra, the Health and Safety Executive, and the EU. These conclusions are also supported by the Council’s own independent report on glyphosate use (undertaken by the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards at Public Health England, and commissioned under the former Mayor of Hackney) and the broader literature on the public health implications of spraying this material
1. Has the council or its contractors used any glyphosate-based herbicides in the year 20
18/2019? Yes or no.
2. Can you confirm the total litres of glysophate-based herbicides applied either by the council or its contractors in 2018/2019?
Yes (see below)
a: Estate Grounds Maintenance Roundup use for 2018/19 was 185 litres
b: The total amount of glyphosate-based herbicides used by the Parks and Green Spaces Service in 2018/19 was 25 Litres
c: Environmental Operations used the following:
- Footpaths – 981 Litres
- Housing – 650 Litres
3. What is the percentage change (increase or decrease) in litres usage of glysophate-based herbicides from 2017/2018 to 2018/2019?
a: Estates Ground & Maintenance - A decrease of around 20 % but we expect more of a decrease as staff get to use the new chemical correctly
b: Council’s Parks & Green spaces - an increase in use of 66% in 2018/19 (i.e. 15 Litres in 2017/18 to 25 Litres in 2018/19)
c: Environmental Operations 2017-2018 only - 3% decrease on the Footpaths, 7% decrease on the Housing
4. Can you confirm the total £ amount spent on glysophate-based herbicides by the council or its contractors in 2018/2019?
a: 2018/19 - 180 Litres of Glysophate ordered £1,053.60 36 x 5 litres Estates Grounds Maintenance
b: Parks and Green Spaces Service - spent £156 in 2018/19
c: Environmental Operations - £106,801.00 Spent with Weedfree Ltd
5. What was the brand name of the glyphosate-based herbicides used in the year 2018/2019?
a: Estates Grounds Maintenance - Roundup Pro Biactive
b: Parks & Green Spaces - Roundup Pro Active 360
c: Environmental Operations - Round Up
6. Were glyphosate-based herbicides used on any playgrounds in the year 2018/2019?
7. Were glyphosate-based herbicides used on any school grounds in the year 2018/2019?
No – We have no responsibility for school grounds
8. Were glyphosate-based herbicides used on any housing estates in the year 2018/2019?
Yes – for both Environmental Operations and Estate Ground Maintenance
9. Were glyphosate-based herbicides used on any hospital grounds in the year 2018/2019?
No – We have no responsibility for hospital grounds
10. Were glyphosate-based herbicides used on any NHS doctor surgeries in the year 2018/2019?
No – We have no responsibility for NHS doctor surgeries
11. Were glyphosate-based herbicides used within a 10m radius of any playgrounds, schools, hospitals, housing estates or private homes in the year 2018/2019?
Estate Grounds Maintenance - Yes potentially, if an estate green area was within that zone and needed a herbicide application.
Parks & Green Spaces - Yes
12 Has the council or its contractors currently used any other herbicides or methods of weedkilling in 2018/2019 i.e. not glysophate-based? If yes, what other herbicides or methods were used in 2018/2019?
a: Yes - Estates Grounds Maintenance use a product named "Chikara" , if mixed with Glyphosate it should reduce the amount off applications of Glyphosate to once a year, instead of several times.
b: Park & Green spaces - Yes - Maxicrop, Staff 500 / Selective, Safor , Impede selective and Mascot Systemic.
c: Environmental Operations - No
13. Has the council or its contractors used any insecticides in the year 2018/2019?
Environmental Operations - Yes
13a. If yes, what is the brand name, or active ingredient, of the insecticides used in 2018/2019?
Trade - Ficam W
Active Ingredient - Bendiocarb (80%)
Trade - Ficam D
Active Ingredient - Bendiocarb (1.25%)
Trade - Cimetrol Super
Active Ingredient - Piperonyal Butoxide (10%) / Tetramethrin (10%) / Cypermethirin (25%) / Pyriproxfen (1%)
14. Has the council or its contractors used any fungicides in the year 2018/2019?
a: Estates Grounds Maintenance – No
b: Parks & Green spaces – Yes
c: Environmental Operations - No
14a. If yes, what is the brand name, or active ingredient, of the fungicides used in 2018/2019?
Parks & Green Spaces – Mascot Systemic
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