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The Department of Environment of Funchal City Council began this morning to apply a set of new techniques to control the growth of weeds on the paths and roads of the city, testing in particular, the use of alcohol and vinegar for this purpose.

In a note sent to the media, it recalls that since April 2016, it has stopped using herbicides in favour of the environment and public health. The cleaning of pathways and roads has since been made exclusively through mechanical and manual weeding, but the services have actively sought other ecologically sustainable solutions that more effectively counteract the growth of weeds in public spaces. This is therefore, another technique that fits into the on-going effort of responsible innovation that has been patented by the department in question over the last few years.

The evolution of this method, in terms of results, will now be evaluated in the coming weeks by local environmental technicians.