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Successful commitment to the environment and climate

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39.912 t collected agricultural plastics
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36.188 t CO2 savings per year
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Corresponds to the amount
of CO2 bound by
2.608.124 TREES*

*based on the calculations of the Frauenhofer Institut Umsicht (2023)

Sharing responsibility for sustainable agriculture

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ERDE – promoting used film recycling

ERDE - Erntekunststoffe Recycling Deutschland - Together for the environment

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ERDE is the nationwide recovery and recycling system for crop plastics in Germany. Based on a voluntary industry initiative, ERDE actively contributes to sustainable agriculture in feed production and fruit and vegetable cultivation. All stakeholders, including manufacturers, farmers and collection point operators, are jointly responsible for ensuring that crop plastics are successfully reintroduced into the material cycle through recycling. Recycling conserves resources and actively protects the climate.

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Katharina Istel

Resource Policy Officer, NABU - Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany e.V. Member of the Advisory Board of the Initiative ERDE

"We advocate for a considered and sensible use of plastics in sustainable agriculture. Emissions into agricultural soils must be prevented as a matter of urgency. Standardised take-back systems - such as the ERDE initiative - create awareness among farmers for the handling of plastic waste and can reduce plastic inputs into the environment through nationwide collection".

Michael Eble

Managing Director, Maschinenring Ostallgäu GmbH,

“At Maschinenring Ostallgäu, we are pleased to have finally found the ERDE initiative, a reliable partner that conveniently disposes of our members’ agricultural film at a low cost. Machinery rings in the surrounding area have heard about our disposal system for agricultural film, which we now also offer to their members.”

Lars Drewniok

Lars Drewniok,

“As a contractor, ERDE enables me to offer my customers an easy way to return used stretch film after feeding round bales. We believe it is important for the films to be turned back into raw materials through recycling.”

Participating manufacturers