Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

The Campo Limpo System Reverse Logistics for Empty Containers of Crop Protection Products

Buy Article:

$37.23 + tax (Refund Policy)

Ensuring the environmentally correct disposal of used agro- chemical containers is the mission of the Campo Limpo System. It has been operating for over 11 years, becoming one of the largest reverse logistics programs for solid waste in Brazil. A pioneering initiative, the system came into being in 2002, with the passing of Decree 4074/02, the regula- tory instrument of Federal Laws 9974/00 and 7802/89. This legislation shared responsibilities among all the links in the agricultural chain regarding the destination and fate of these empty containers.

The system involves distributors and cooperatives, government authorities and approximately 5 million farmers (according to figures from the IBGE, the Brazilian institute for geographic statistics), in addition to the crop protection product manufacturing industry responsible for the disposal of the post-consumption containers, represented by inpEV – Instituto Nacional de Processamento de Embalagens Vazias (National Institute for Empty Container Processing). As the intelligence center of the Campo Limpo System, inpEV – consisting of 98 manufacturing companies and ten entities that represent the agricultural sector as its members – carries out the operational management of all the reverse logistics for the empty containers and promotes awareness and educational initiatives in combination with the other agents that comprise the system.

The efficiency of the system can be verified in numeric terms. Of the total number of primary plastic containers for agrochemical products sold in the Country, 94% are disposed after being returned by farmers at more than 400 receiving units, distributed across 25 states and the Federal District. From 2002 to 2013, more than 260,000 tons of empty agrochemical containers have been collected. Since 2005, Brazil has been the world leader in the disposal of this type of material ahead of countries such as Germany, Canada, Japan, France, Spain and the United States.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2013

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more