crop plastics recycling Germany – ERDE

... promoting used film recycling!

Stretch film, silage sheets, underlayer films, asparagus films, perforated films , round bale nets and baler twine – in agriculture, large quantities of plastic products are used year after year, ending up as waste. To ensure that these plastics do not pollute the environment, companies in various sectors have taken a joint initiative to protect the climate and the environment with ERDE - crop plastics recycling in Germany.

ERDE is a recovery and recycling system for crop plastics that actively contributes to sustainable agriculture and efforts to conserve resources.


ERDE - Erntekunststoffe Recycling Deutschland - Gemeinsam für die Umwelt

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Shared responsibility

Under the umbrella of the IK German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films, manufacturers of crop plastics are standing up for climate and environmental protection. Together with the disposal specialist RIGK, the group developed the ERDE concept with the aim of promoting the recovery and recycling of crop plastics. Through this concept, they voluntarily take active responsibility for the end of life treatment of their products.

ERDE actively engages all stakeholders in the crop plastics cycle:

  • As members of ERDE, manufacturers and initial distributors of crop plastics that supply the German market finance the promotion of their collection.
  • Contractors and farmers who use ERDE licenced products and drop off their used crop plastics, separated and free from residues, at ERDE collection points.
  • Trade, machinery rings, farmers, contractors and disposal companies operate the ERDE collection points.

The system operator RIGK expands the network of collection points, assists in setting up collection points with monitoring staff, carries out the collection and proper documentation and offers the collection points ready-made solutions for communications.

As consumers, farmers also benefit from significantly lower costs when dropping off their crop plastics compared to alternative disposal services. In addition, you receive proof of proper recovery with a formal statement of achieved CO2-savings.

You can find out who our members are on our ERDE members page ERDE Mitglieder.

Becoming a member

Do you want to take a step further towards sustainability and contribute to the collection and recycling of used crop plastics throughout Germany? Becomea member of ERDE!

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Become a collection partner

Do you want to operate an ERDE collection point in your region? Find out everything about requirements, implementation and our support services.

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