AgroAmerica and the «Clean Field» initiative
AgroAmerica and the "Clean Field" initiative
All human activities are likely to generate waste. Agricultural food production generates different types of organic and inorganic waste. To protect the environment, this waste must be handled responsibly, according to its nature, and treated appropriately, as AgroAmerica does through the “Clean Field” initiative.
Sustainable processes of AgroAmérica
AgroAmerica implements specific processes, as part of a sustainable production model used in its operations, to correctly manage and recycle plastic containers that once contained products used in the protection and nutrition of crops. In Guatemala, AgroAmerica collaborates with the Association of the Agricultural Chemical Union, Agrequima, which focuses on promoting productive and responsible agriculture through training, communication, education, and recycling projects.
Recycling of plastic containers
At AgroAmerica’s operations in Peru, empty containers are collected for recycling by a qualified manager. In Ecuador, the containers are removed by suppliers who have a special permit to transport and manage this type of waste.
The “Campo Limpio” (Clean Field) initiative
AgroAmerica is part of the recycling program called “Campo Limpio” (Clean Field). Agrequima developed this initiative to recycle empty agrochemical containers, thereby contributing to the protection of the environment.
Program Recycling Process
This program follows a rigorous procedure that includes the following steps:
- Empty containers are triple washed so they can be handled and transported without risk. The water used in the triple washing process is applied to the crops for maximum yield.
- Used containers are perforated to prevent them from being reused for the storage of water or food.
- Washed and perforated containers are stored in a special infrastructure.
- Containers are classified and compacted.
Transformation of plastic waste
After being safeguarded by Agrequima, qualified recycling companies collect the material to transform it into plastic wood that is used to create moldings, planks, benches, garbage cans, and other objects.
Clean Field Award
AgroAmerica received the first edition of Agrequima’s Campo Limpio Award at a 2019 event to celebrate 20 years of this program. This recognition was granted because the company maintains strict control over the volume and delivery of these containers and has the appropriate infrastructure to secure them.