Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in Italy

Agriculture, one of the main economic pillars in Europe, plays a growing important role towards the environmental sustainability of the extra-urban land, in which the agricultural activities may proactively contribute to control and regulate the whole ecological conditions. Modern agriculture curre...

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Main Authors: Caterina Picuno, Zoe Godosi, Kerstin Kuchta, Pietro Picuno
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: PAGEPress Publications 2019-06-01
Series:Journal of Agricultural Engineering
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Online Access:https://www.agroengineering.it/index.php/jae/article/view/958
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spelling doaj-fb7cfe5b84854f8aa25530f4b67f96d42020-11-25T02:36:41ZengPAGEPress PublicationsJournal of Agricultural Engineering1974-70712239-62682019-06-0150210.4081/jae.2019.958Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in ItalyCaterina Picuno0Zoe Godosi1Kerstin Kuchta2Pietro Picuno3Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics, HamburgCivil Engineer, Freelance Consultant, Cellamare (BA)Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics, HamburgSAFE School, University of Basilicata, Potenza Agriculture, one of the main economic pillars in Europe, plays a growing important role towards the environmental sustainability of the extra-urban land, in which the agricultural activities may proactively contribute to control and regulate the whole ecological conditions. Modern agriculture currently needs big quantities of agrochemicals, which are necessary for the growth and protection of crops and animals. These agrochemicals are commercially distributed to consumers in many types of containers. The most widely used packaging solutions usually employ plastic materials (e.g., containers for liquid pesticide; sacks for granular fertiliser; etc.). These materials, after the use of the agrochemical, need to be decontaminated, before being entrained in a recycling process, in the framework of a circular economy. In the present paper the main results coming from a EU-funded international project are reported, with specific reference to a pilot station that was realised in Italy with the aim to implement and test a codified system for the decontamination of these plastic containers for agrochemicals. The experimental tests were supported by relevant laboratory analysis, which have confirmed that the triple-rinsing decontamination procedure - traditionally employed by farmers for washing and decontaminating these containers - may be effective only under some well-defined conditions. Triple rinsing by farmers has indeed led to an only partial decontamination of the plastic containers, if farmers did not follow an appropriate triple-rinsing protocol, or did not triple-rinse the containers immediately after their emptying. https://www.agroengineering.it/index.php/jae/article/view/958Plastic containerscircular economymaterial recyclingwaste decontamination.
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author Caterina Picuno
Zoe Godosi
Kerstin Kuchta
Pietro Picuno
spellingShingle Caterina Picuno
Zoe Godosi
Kerstin Kuchta
Pietro Picuno
Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in Italy
Journal of Agricultural Engineering
Plastic containers
circular economy
material recycling
waste decontamination.
author_facet Caterina Picuno
Zoe Godosi
Kerstin Kuchta
Pietro Picuno
author_sort Caterina Picuno
title Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in Italy
title_short Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in Italy
title_full Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in Italy
title_fullStr Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in Italy
title_full_unstemmed Agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: Pilot tests in Italy
title_sort agrochemical plastic packaging waste decontamination for recycling: pilot tests in italy
publisher PAGEPress Publications
series Journal of Agricultural Engineering
issn 1974-7071
2239-6268
publishDate 2019-06-01
description Agriculture, one of the main economic pillars in Europe, plays a growing important role towards the environmental sustainability of the extra-urban land, in which the agricultural activities may proactively contribute to control and regulate the whole ecological conditions. Modern agriculture currently needs big quantities of agrochemicals, which are necessary for the growth and protection of crops and animals. These agrochemicals are commercially distributed to consumers in many types of containers. The most widely used packaging solutions usually employ plastic materials (e.g., containers for liquid pesticide; sacks for granular fertiliser; etc.). These materials, after the use of the agrochemical, need to be decontaminated, before being entrained in a recycling process, in the framework of a circular economy. In the present paper the main results coming from a EU-funded international project are reported, with specific reference to a pilot station that was realised in Italy with the aim to implement and test a codified system for the decontamination of these plastic containers for agrochemicals. The experimental tests were supported by relevant laboratory analysis, which have confirmed that the triple-rinsing decontamination procedure - traditionally employed by farmers for washing and decontaminating these containers - may be effective only under some well-defined conditions. Triple rinsing by farmers has indeed led to an only partial decontamination of the plastic containers, if farmers did not follow an appropriate triple-rinsing protocol, or did not triple-rinse the containers immediately after their emptying.
topic Plastic containers
circular economy
material recycling
waste decontamination.
url https://www.agroengineering.it/index.php/jae/article/view/958
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