ECOCIRPLAS 2020. – Developing a new process for the management of agricultural plastics
CAP cooperation project pioneers the potential for re-using agricultural plastic waste in Spain.
A scarcity of collection mechanisms and collection points for plastic used on Spanish farms had made it difficult to manage this agricultural waste stream. A consortium consisting of different value chain stakeholders launched this cooperation project to create an innovative alternative for the management of plastic mulch waste and a circular economy processing model to transform it into new products that can be reused in agriculture.
The project demonstrated that all recycled plastic from farms can potentially be transformed into useful products for the sector.
Participating farms increased the percentage of their plastic waste that they sorted and recycled.
The project raised awareness about an important environmental issue among sector stakeholders.