Pesticide packaging plays a key role in protecting users, the public and the environment from unnecessary exposure; but once the product is used, packaging becomes waste, or increasingly, a resource for recycling programmes.
Pesticide containers meet a voluntary standard that ensures they are easy to empty, drain, rinse and recycle. As a result, farmers can effectively decontaminate containers after emptying by rinsing and draining. The water from rinsing is applied with the spray mix to the crop so that no additional waste is produced. Rinsing also ensures that the farmer does not leave any valuable product behind in the container.
The recovery of post-use agrochemical containers in Europe is supported by the crop protection industry through various container management schemes.