28. November 2016

A practical example in the circular economy

What began as a voluntary recovery service in the pesticide industry is now a permanent feature of best practice in agriculture. Manufacturers of pesticides in Germany reacted to the question ‘Where can we take the empty pesticide packaging?’ by creating a recovery system.

PAMIRA (Packmittel-Rücknahme Agrar) was born and has taken back 200,000,000 empty pesticide canisters for recycling in the last two decades. Laid end to end they would extend for 38,000 km or once around the world.  

What happens to the material that is collected?

In 2016 88% of the packaging that was taken back was recycled materially. The cleaned canisters are turned into re-granulate in the recycling process and then used to produce cable conduits among other things. Even the collection sacks that PAMIRA provides for pre-collection in areas with predominately small agricultural units are made of recycled materials. Thus the circle is completed – all the participants turn the recycling economy into a reality!

Further Information:

Thorsten Heil
Tel.: +49 (0) 6 11/30 86 00-17
heil(at)rigk.de