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PestiClean is a fully automated integrated system for the treatment of empty plastic pesticide containers. That is, they are  received, volume gauged, registered, rinsed and compressed, so that any further use is precluded and 100% recycling or retiring is facilitated. The bulk of pesticides volume, is globally distributed in plastic (HDPE – High Density Polypropylene ) one – off containers. So far the issue of handling the used containers has not been resolved in an efficient manner. In the absence of any other arrangement, they are either burnt / discarded outdoors, causing soil and water pollution, or reused for food stuff and water, at a significant  poisoning risk. Due to their toxic residues they cannot be ordinarily recycled, as common plastic containers do, and require special treatment.

To address the problem, recommendations have been issued jointly by FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) and WHO (World Health Organization). In “International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides: Guidelines on Management Options for Empty Pesticide Containers”, May 2008, withdrawal schemes are proposed, which should ensure that :

Schemes’ specific details are to be determined on a state level. Following  FAO – WHO recommendations, EU guideline 2009/128/ΕΚ, has been issued, which is particularized in National Action Plans, all of which prescribe empty containers’ treatment, as follows:

In most countries, rinsed containers are classified as “non-hazardous” and can be recycled. This majority approach is also proposed by FAO. The scheme’s cost is usually carried by the pesticide distribution companies and, in rare cases by the users,  whose participation is either compulsory or voluntary, (20-20 for  40 enacted schemes). In most cases, the scheme’s operation costs largely exceed the value of the retrieved material. Virtually all withdrawal schemes have so far been uneconomical. Compulsory participation, wherever legislated, is poorly implemented, due to the absence of an automated record keeping process. Doing this manually in compulsory schemes, would render them even more uneconomical.

These obvious drawbacks of the current process are due to the lack of mechanization and the need for human involvement at every step (rinsing, storing, collection, examination, recording, transportation).Current process is costly, time consuming, inconvenient and in most cases, ineffective.

PestiClean’s purpose is to automate the process of empty plastic pesticide containers withdrawal. It accepts unrinsed  containers and delivers them clean and compressed while it keeps record of their size and the user’s id.

PestiClean’s advantages compared to the current process, are :

An activated carbon filter can also be used in most cases. This will be inset in  the water return pipeline to withhold the toxic substances. Clean water can be either drained or recycled following legislation.

All above features offer obvious advantages over the current situation, rendering the pesticide container withdrawal process efficient and convenient, while enabling compulsory, penalty – reward based schemes.

 PestiClean versions can be used for other containers, plastic or metallic, requiring treatment before being recycled, containing motor oils, radiator fluids and other chemicals. These uses can be accommodated by varying its dimensions, fluid and temperature.

                PestiClean is ideal for Coops, Municipalities, Regions, Recyclers and agri-products distributors. In most cases, it can be 100% financed by EU funding programs (or equivalent funds elsewhere). In all countries, retrieved recyclable material has a significant market value,  offering a steady cash flow at minimal maintenance costs.