Activities of different chain links and the quest for economic self-sufficiency for logistic activities
Under the concept of shared responsibilities regarding the reverse logistics of empty crop protection packaging, each agent of the agricultural chain bears part of the expenses to ensure the System's operations.
inpEV, fully funded by member companies, represents the greatest part of the costs, with items such as:
- receiving units;
- logistic activities;
- final destination;
- communication and education;
- legal advice;
- technological development;
- sustainability projects.
Farmers pay for the transportation from their properties to the return location indicated on the bill of sale. Distribution channels (retailers and cooperatives) are responsible for building and managing the receiving units.
The manufacturing industry is in charge of logistical and final destination costs. These activities are done by inpEV.
The government supports the farmer educational and awareness efforts in conjunction with manufacturers and traders.
Quest for self-sufficiency
Since its creation, inpEV seeks economic self-sufficiency in operating the Campo Limpo System. This is a non-profit program, but offers the potential of generating resources that may contribute in funding the activities.
In 2008, inpEV took an important step to leverage resource generation by the System itself by creating Campo Limpo Plastic Transformation and Recycling S.A. This company produces post-consumption resins used in manufacturing plastic packaging for the industry of this same sector, thus closing the materials cycle within the chain itself. In an innovative fashion, Campo Limpo integrated 30 crop protection manufacturer shareholders and was conceived in accordance with eco-efficiency concepts. The project considered reducing environmental impacts starting with a modern effluent treatment station, runoff reuse system, and rational use of sunlight, among other measures.
In 2009, the company was pioneer when launching Triex Ecoplastic, the first packaging made from recycled crop protection resin to obtain UN certification (for ground and maritime transport of hazardous products) in the world. The production process is ISO 9001:2000 certified. Besides being an innovative solution to close the management cycle of this type of packaging material, Triex Ecoplastic allows for very significant environmental gains: each 20 liter packaging produced avoids the emission of 1.5 kg of CO2e.
Advances towards self-sufficiency continued in 2015 when the activities of Campo Limpo Tampas e Resinas Plásticas Ltda were started, located in the countryside of São Paulo state.