Crop Plastics Recycling Germany (ERDE) recycling

For the recovery of used plastics from the agricultural sector

ERDE (Crop Plastics Recycling Germany) is the collaborative solution by producers, the IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V. (Industrial Association for Plastic Packaging) and RIGK for the environmentally-friendly recovery and recycling of used plastics from the agricultural sector. Find out more about the system, types of plastic recovered and your possibilities for participation.

Crop Plastics Recycling Germany (ERDE) Logo against a light green background
Examples of agricultural plastics

Crop Plastics Recycling Germany (ERDE) SYSTEM

Group 1

  • Silage sheets
  • Underlayer films
  • Silo tubes

Group 2

  • Silage stretch film
  • Net replacement films

Group 3

  • Round bale nets

Group 4

  • Baler twine

Unique recovery concept

In particular in such a nature-orientated branch as agriculture, plastics may not pollute the environment after their use. On the basis of this conviction, members of the IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V (Industrial Associations for Plastic Packaging e. V.) has, together with RIGK, developed the Crop Plastics Recycling Germany (ERDE)recovery system: for a sustainable  and resource-saving agricultural economy, very different crop plastics are recovered across Germany and recycled – at particularly favourable conditions.

The participating producers from the crop plastics sector currently include: ape Europe, ASPLA S.A., Groupe Barbier, bpi agriculture, CLAAS Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH, Cordex - Companhia Industrial Textil S.A., Coveris Flexibles Austria GmbH, Daios Plastics S.A., DUOPLAST AG, KARATZIS S.A., Manuli Stretch Deutschland GmbH, NOVATEX, Plastika Kritis S.A., POLIFILM Extrusion GmbH, Ab Rani Plast Oy, Reyenvas S.A., RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG, Sotrafa S.A., TAMA Group, TRIOPLAST GmbH and WKI Tegafol Sp. z o.o..

Which packaging is returnable?

At the ERDE collection points, every farmer can hand in used silage sheets, underlayer films, silo tubes, silage stretch film, net replacement films, round bale nets and baler twine at a favourable price. Trained personnel conduct checks on site as to whether all hand-in criteria – sorted collection, rough cleaning, no foreign materials – have been fulfilled.  

Farmers can contact RIGK directly about the return of crop forcing films and fibrous webs, which will take place until 2017 via the FOLIO and NETTI systems.

Sustainable recycling

Disposing of agricultural plastics in a reliable, environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner  becomes very simple due to the collaboration between producers and farmers in the ERDE service. After collection, the plastics are crushed, washed via RIGK and melted into regrind in recycling plants via material recycling – and used for the production of very different plastic products. The recycling cycle is closed, resources are spared and the environment protected!

Become a member, and shoulder the responsibility together

Whether you are a producer or a first distributor of films, or a farmer and supply agency which uses crop plastics, or a company active in the field of collection points – in the recovery process of ERDE, all participants are actively involved.  

Here the producers voluntarily bear costs so that the agricultural branch can utilise a nationwide recovery system. This is because up to now in Germany, in contrast to other countries, no legal regulations have been stipulated for the disposal of used agricultural films.  

Are you a company which produces crop plastics or puts them on the German market as first distributor? In that case, become an ERDE member and voluntarily take on mutual responsibility for a sustainable agricultural economy.

You can obtain all information on membership on the ERDE website!

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Earthy field featuring rows of opaque film tunnels extending from the observer out into the distance
A row of stacked hay bales.

Further information for download

Do you have any questions?

Then simply call us, or send us an email! Your RIGK contact is happy to assist you personally with additional information, and will advise you on all recovery and recycling topics.

Crop Plastics Recycling Germany (ERDE) recycling
Crop Plastics Recycling Germany (ERDE) recycling