Waste management in the field advances with shared responsibility

4 de April de 2018, por em Good practices, Sustainability
Waste management in the field advances with shared responsibility

In contrast to the alarming title of the world’s largest consumer of agrochemicals, Brazil also has the merit of the country that best provides environmentally appropriate destination for packaging from agricultural activities. From the application of reverse logistics programs in the field, it maintains an average of 94% recycling of the containers used in these activities per year.

Reverse logistic

The method is one of the instruments of the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS) and is based on returning empty containers to the industry after consumption. In addition to the application in the field, the system can be used in different types of consumer chain, such as tires, lubricants, batteries and batteries, among others.

In the case of packaging of pesticides, all links in the chain have their responsibility in the process. The material delivered by the producers in the plants, stations and itinerant events is screened and sent by inpEV (National Institute of Empty Packaging Processing) to 11 partner recyclers, which make new packaging, distributed to the manufacturing industry, to other segments of the chemical industry and resin-based artifacts from recycling. InpEV is the intelligence core of the Clean Field System.

Gestão de resíduos no campo avança com responsabilidade
Bales of empty packaging of agricultural pesticides for recycling Central of receipt of Rio Verde-GO

Tuned string

With the involvement of all links in the productive agricultural chain, in 2017 the Campo Limpo System made it possible to properly dispose of just over 44,512 tons of empty pesticide packaging. In the country, 94% of primary plastic packaging is destined in an environmentally appropriate way.

InpEV’s CEO, João César M. Rando attributes the success of the program to the awareness and inclusion of those involved in logistics. “This result is a reflection of the commitment of farmers, manufacturers and distribution channels, with the support of the public power, who fulfill their responsibilities, making Brazilian agriculture more sustainable,” he explains.

o funcionamento do sistema campo limpo

Possibilities

The largest share of contaminated waste generated in agriculture is plastic (75% average) that can be processed into a number of products after processing or recycling. Some examples are: triex packaging for chemicals, packaging of lubricating oils, conduits, sewage pipes.

As a result of the conscious destination, since 2002, more than 460 thousand tons of packaging have been discarded at random, which could contaminate the soil, water, animals and populations neighboring the disposal areas.

With such expressive numbers, the example that contributes to the sustainability of the planet (and consequently of all the activities that are carried out in it), leaves in the air the reflection on the benefit that such collective actions would have applied with the same commitment both in the industrial sector , as well as in several others that pollute daily indiscriminately.

(With information from inpEV)

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