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Labelling agricultural plastic waste for reuse or disposal

Objective

The extensive and expanding use of plastic in agriculture results in increased plastic waste in rural areas. The majority of this waste is left on the field or burnt uncontrollably releasing harmful substances. Although it is mandatory, only a small percentage of this plastic waste is collected recycled or used for energy recover due to the high collection cost and the low value of the waste. If the plastic waste meets certain specs by being collected properly, and is tested (that it meets the required specs) and labelled accordingly it can be transformed into a valuable commodity. The scope of this prenormative research work is to develop the collection, sampling and labelling procedures and the methodologies to valorise the agricultural plastic waste streams by facilitating their routing to the best disposal alternative (most environmental friendly and economically valuable). The labelling in addition to facilitating and improving the efficiency of the disposal alternatives will allow transport of labelled agricultural plastic waste across boundaries and valuation of the waste streams in an open European market simultaneously preserving valuable material resources and protecting the environment. The requirements of waste streams for each disposal alternative will be developed as well as the methodology (use and collection) to reach these requirements. This will provide the farmer with clean guideline on how to collect and sort the waste to reach the specs. Waste sampling and labelling methodology will be developed and field tested. The resulting labelled waste will allow the collection company to optimise the collection and transportation operation and maximize its profit and the disposal facility to receive a raw material guaranteed to meet the specs. The marketability of the product "waste" resulting from the standardization will provide strong incentives to achieve 100% waste collection rates resulting in a cleaner environment.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Coordinator

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS.
Address
Iera Odos 75
Athens
Greece

Participants (18)

EUROPEAN PLASTICS RECYLERS
Belgium
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh, 66
Brussels
CICLOPLAST S.A.
Spain
Address
Principe De Vergara, 204-2A Esc -1°C
Madrid
PANHELLENIC CONFEDERATION OF UNIONS OF AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES
Greece
Address
16 Kifissias Ave
Athens
FEDERAZIONE REGIONALE AGRICOLTORI DI PUGLIA
Italy
Address
Via Amendola, 166/5
Bari
FEDERATION REGIONALE DES COOPERATIVES D'UTILISATION DU MATERIEL AGRICOLE DE MIDI-PYRENEES
France
Address
Zac Du Canal, 3 Passage De L'europe
Toulouse
PANAGROTIKOS SYNDESMOS CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
15 K.matsi And Samou Corner, Elvasti Building No12
Nicosia
ALFA EDILE S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Alfredo Nobel N. 16 - Zona Industriale
Brindisi
INDUSTRIA SEVILLANA RECICLAJE DE PLASTICOS S.L.
Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial La Campina, Parcela 45
Ecija
P.A.T.I. S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Beltramini 50/52
S. Zenone Degli Ezzelini
SUOMEN UUSIOMUOVI OY
Finland
Address
Etelaranta 10
Helsinki
POLYECO S.A. MANAGEMENT AND VALORIZATION OF WASTE INDUSTRY
Greece
Address
16Th Klm Of Athens-corinth National Road
Aspropyrgos
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS
Belgium
Address
Ave De Cortenbergh, 66
Brussels
CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
France
Address
Parc De Tourvoie
Antony
FUNDACION GAIKER
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Zamudio, Edificio 202
Zamudio
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI
Italy
Address
Piazza Umberto I, N. 1
Bari
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart
TITAN CEMENT COMPANY SA
Greece
Address
Halkidos Street 22 A
Athens
FEDERATION LANGUEDOCIENNE DE LA COOPERATION FRUITS ET LEGUMES
France
Address
Mas De La Bastide-route De Gernerac
Nimes