In line with the motto “Together for the environment”, all those involved play an active role in ERDE, the recovery initiative for crop plastics. The manufacturers in the initiative provide financial support in order to guarantee farmers good-value film collection and material recycling. Membership of ERDE is open to any manufacturer or initial seller of films who supplies the German market. New ERDE members as of this year include film manufacturers Groupe Barbier (France), DUO PLAST AG (Germany), Ab Rani Plast Oy (Finland) and RPC bpi group (Belgium). Together with the manufacturers already involved – Manuli Stretch Deutschland GmbH, POLIFILM EXTRUSION GmbH, RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG and TRIOPLAST GmbH – they will work to turn their used films into raw materials.
The German agricultural trade also actively supports the ERDE system by operating collection points and advertising film recovery. By purchasing environmentally-friendly ERDE films and handing waste film in to ERDE collection points, farmers are making an active contribution to protecting the environment.