Kingfisher to scrap harmful pesticide at B&Q stores

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// Kingfisher to stop selling harmful slug pellets next week
// The pellets contain the pesticide metaldehyde which harms wildlife
// The government announced it would stop selling the pesticide from spring 2020

B&Q parent company Kingfisher has announced it would stop selling harmful slug pellets from next week – ahead of the government’s ban next year.

The pellets contain the pesticide metaldehyde which harms wildlife, and the firm said it was the first major retailer to remove it from 1200 stores as well as from online sales amid growing demand for environmentally-friendly products.

In December, the government announced the ban on metaldehyde across the UK which will commence from spring next year.

Kingfisher, which also owns Screwfix, will introduce an alternative to the pesticide which will be environmental friendly and chemical free.

“We have worked for several years to remove metaldehyde from our supply chain, making it simpler for customers to make sustainable choices and providing real alternatives,” Kingfisher head of horticulture Tim Clapp said.

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