The APPW mismanagement practices are one of the major sources of water, soil and air pollution in agricultural zones throughout Europe and particularly in Mediterranean. Uncontrolled burning of Agricultural Plastic Packaging Waste (APPW) releases more dioxins than all the other industrial applications according to J. Andreasen, N. Fitz, ‘Open burning of agricultural plastics’, THE PESTICIDE STEWARDSHIP ALLIANCE, Austin Texas, Feb.2006.
The project aims at designing an environmental friendly and economically viable APPW management scheme by transferring know-how from existing schemes and LabelAgriWaste, by identifying problems and bottlenecks faced by existing schemes in Europe and by designing and implementing effective pilot schemes in Greece, Cyprus and Italy. The schemes in operation in Spain and France will benefit by adapting technical solutions developed by LabelAgriWaste.
The proposed development and demonstration of an efficient, coherent, environmental friendly and economically viable APPW management system in Europe that will work synergistically with APW management to reduce costs (a major incentive for non-compliance) is expected to:
1. allow transferring knowledge and the acquired experience from the existsing schemes
2. provide the best solution where no APPW management scheme exists
3. improve the environmental soundness, cost structure, operational efficiency, coherence and sustainability of existing systems