CampoLimpio(SM)* program is an environmental solution for the empty pesticide containers utilized in agriculture. CropLife Latin America is promoting this program in 18 Latin American countries, where the program is carried out by National Associations with the participation of producers, importers, authorities, distributors and farmers.
CampoLimpioSM in Latin America has more than 674 temporary collection centers, most of them equipped with special machinery for conditioning the collected containers, whether they are compactors or shredders, and more than 7,069 primary collection centers, also including itinerant stations (developed by national associations in response to the vicissitudes caused by covid-19), and that facilitate the process of collecting and scheduling reception activities.
In 2020, the CampoLimpioSM program recovered 73,100 tons of containers with the triple rinse technique that allows them to be sent to recycling. 61% was plastic that was sent to recycling or energy recovery.
CampoLimpioSM initiated with pilot programs in Brazil and Guatemala at the beginning of the 1990. It was a difficult task that little by little consolidated in 18 Latin American countries.
CampoLimpio’s main challenge is to strengthen the commitment and the active participation of all the sectors of the agricultural chain in the process of adequately disposing of empty containers in order to broaden the area covered by the program and increase the quantity of material colleted.
The CampoLimpioSM Program was created out of the CropLife Latin America member companies’ commitment to the protection and preservation of the environment and human health, as well as their dedication to complete fulfillment of the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Utilization of Pesticides, elaborated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO).
*CampoLimpio(SM) is a CropLife Latin America registered trademark.
SM: Service Mark.
What is CampoLimpio?
The program CampoLimpio is an environmental solution to empty containers of pesticides used in agriculture. CropLife Latin America promote this program in 18 Latin American countries where the program is implemented by National Associations with the participation of manufacturers, importers, authorities, distributors and farmers.
CampoLimpio in Latin America has more than 400 collection centers , mostly equipped with special machinery for conditioning the collected containers , whether or shredders compactors and more than 2,000 mini-centers that facilitate the collection process.
CampoLimpio began with pilot programs in Brazil and Guatemala in the early 90s. It was an arduous task, which was refined to become consolidated in 18 Latin American countries.
The main challenge of CampoLimpio is strengthen the commitment and active participation of all sectors of the agricultural chain in the process of proper disposal of containers to expand coverage and increase the amount of material.
CampoLimpio responds to the commitment of the partner in CropLife Latin America with the protection and preservation of the environment and the health of farmers Industry, as well as full compliance with the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, elaborated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO.
*CampoLimpio SM, is a trademark for CropLife Latin America
SM: Service Mark.
- Triple Rinsing is the first step for a correct final disposal of the empty pesticide containers.
- It is necessary to rinse the containers three times to prevent product residues in the containers and avoid potential damage to the environment.
- Containers that have not been Triple Rinse cannot be collected, processed, or recycled.
How to perform the Triple Rinse Technique?
- Wear protective clothing and use clean water.
- Rinse your empty pesticide container:
- Drain the empty container by turning it over and letting it drip into the spray tank for 30 seconds.
- Add water to the container to ¼ full.
- Recap the container and shake it for 30 seconds.
- Drain the rinse water into the spray tank. Then let it drip for 30 seconds.
- Repeat the above steps THREE times.
- Puncture the container so that it cannot be used again. Let it dry and take it to the nearest collection or storage center.
If the containers are not properly washed they cannot be received by the CampoLimpio Program to be adequately processed.
Triple Rinsing Videos (Available in Spanish)
- Pepe and the Pesticides; created by the CampoLimpio Association of Peru 2007. 6 min. 37 seg. This video was created to promote the adoption of the Triple Rinsing practice among small farmers. See video
- Video on Triple Rinsing: created by BASF. 2008. Duration: 6 min 15 seconds.See video
- Agricultura Limpia Program; video created by UCLA of Venezuela. 2009. Duration: 6 minutes 39 seconds.See video
The CampoLimpio Program will use this poster in 2011 to promote the triple rinsing of empty pesticide containers in 18 Latin American countries. This new tool will be utilized globally. It was designed by the CropLife International team, based on the designs developed by AFIPA Chile.
Responsible use of technology in the field
Give proper disposal of empty pesticide containers is the goal of CampoLimpio program, also run by the network of associations CropLife Latin America with the active participation of farmers, distributors and authorities.
In 2014 the program CampoLimpioSM which aims to encourage responsible use of agrochemicals, recovered 54.288 tons of empty containers.
CampoLimpio continues achieving its objective of keeping Latin American fields free of agrochemical containers to ensure environmentally sound practices and that these containers are recycled into useful items.
Compared to 2013, an additional 1.350 tons of plastic was recovered, equivalent to a growth of 8.3%. So, were recovered from the fields 54.288 metric tons of empty containers at a cost of USD$32.568.000.
One country that stands out in this work is Brazil, which with inPev, Instituto Nacional de Envases Vacíos management, holds the leadership of these programs in the world.
Classification of rigid plastic in Southern Corne:
Paraguay and Uruguay joined the group of countries considered legally packaging with "triple washing" as " non-hazardous waste". This situation opens up the possibility for the recycling of plastic end products allowed by the industry. So you give the plastic a second chance to be useful again and not pollute the environment.
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- Perform triple washing of empty containers of chemicals and related washable.
- Bring containers and lids separately washed, cleaned, dried and punched the nearest collection center.
- The dealer network will provide outreach materials to promote triple washing and delivery of packages by farmers, working with the installation and operation of temporary storage facilities and support the transfer of containers collected at its final destination.
- Using trucks have permits and authorizations to transport containers.
Responsibilities of municipal authorities, regional and national:
- The units of the agricultural, environmental and health should support the promotion, dissemination and training CampoLimpio program.
- Facilitate the processing of authorizations and financial support that may be considered for the implementation of Primary Collection Centers or Temporary.
Videos (In spanish)
- New video of the Corporation CampoLimpio: 'The Triple Wash and the program from the miara of Colombian farmers. Colombia 2011.
Duration: 3 minutes 25 seconds
- Pepe and the Pesticides; created by the CampoLimpio Association of Peru 2007. 6 min. 37 seg. This video was created to promote the adoption of the Triple Rinsing practice among small farmers.
Duration: 3 minutos 25 segundos
- CampoLimpio Program and Triple Rinsing; created by AFIPA, Chile.
This is a 6-minute video about the entire final disposal process for empty pesticide containers in Chile.
- CASAFE Triple Rinsing Campaign; Argentina. 2008.
Duration: 6 minutes 55 seconds.
- Triple Rinsing TV spot: Video created by APIA and SENASAG, Bolivia. 2006. Duration: 40 seconds. Video on Triple Rinsing created by BASF. 2008. Duration: 6 min 15 seconds.
Duración: 40 seconds.
- Agricultura Limpia Program, video created by UCLA of Venezuela. 2009.
Duration: 6 minutes 39 seconds..