Plastic waste: Spain to introduce producer responsibility scheme in agriculture

A new body claiming to represent 90% of Spanish manufacturers and distributors of agricultural plastic will launch a producer responsibility scheme next year to raise collection and recycling rates for non-packaging plastics used in Spanish agriculture, it emerged last week.

Spain is the largest producer of agricultural plastic waste in the EU and, according to Isabel Goyena, director general of the plastic recycling industry organisation Cicloplast, only 50% is currently being collected for recycling. Despite the legal requirement to manage waste through a licensed operator many farmers currently bury the plastic or otherwise dispose of it outside authorised channels, she told ENDS. 

MAPLA, as the new body calls itself, wants Spain’s waste legislation currently being drafted by the ecological transition ministry to include the framework for a producer responsibility scheme for agricultural plastic waste financed by levies on the purchase of plastic film for greenhouses and for mulching.

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