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PAMIRA®: Get ahead of the pack.

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Packaging Material Recovery for Agriculture (PAckMIttel-Rücknahme Agrar): PAMIRA® is the recovery system for plant protection product and liquid fertiliser packaging in Germany. Our system enables farmers, horticulturists, nurseries and other professionals to disposal their empty and rinsed packaging free of charge. 

In cooperation with the trade, packaging is taken back safely and sustainably at almost 400 collection points across Germany on specified dates with the help of trained inspection staff – and then passed on to our recycling partners. More than 90 per cent of the packaging recovered today finds a second life as recycled plastic products for the European cable protection industry. 

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The evolution of return quantities from 2013 to 2022

The recycling and return rate of packaging collected by PAMIRA® over the past 10 years.

Over the past decade, the PAMIRA® system has consistently increased its recycling rate, reaching a commendable value of 95% in 2022. This achievement is reflected in the expansion of the collection point network. In the current year, PAMIRA® has proudly incorporated 16 new collection points, bringing the total to 418 locations encompassing 446 terminals.

Regarding the volume of returns, the system has maintained a robust level, with 3,005 tons, mirroring the performance of the previous year. PAMIRA® remains hopeful that this positive trend, facilitated by the successful collaboration of all stakeholders, will persist in the future. This ongoing progress paves the way for further advancements towards an efficient circular economy and a more sustainable agricultural sector.

PAMIRA® is a registered trademark of Industrieverband Agrar e. V. (IVA). RIGK GmbH is responsible for carrying out collections and recycling the collected packaging.


Together for the environment: PAMIRA® trademark users

As PAMIRA® trademark users, more than over 100 manufacturers and fillers of pesticides and liquid fertilisers enable the safe and environmentally friendly return and recycling of packaging throughout Germany. Together with users and collection points, you are helping to protect the environment!

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Here’s what our users are saying

Johann Simeth

BayWa Loiching AG Operations Manager and part-time farmer

“PAMIRA® is important to me because it regulates the disposal of empty plant protection product packaging in a practical way. The containers are empty, cleaned and collected at the farm all year round. Then they are dropped off at the most convenient collection point once a year. These collection points can be located from anywhere on all the websites and at the warehouses. The PAMIRA® recovery system is really very good and the staff are helpful and friendly.”

Jürgen Schubert

Department Head for Environment/Transport/Safety, Beiselen GmbH

“It was many years ago, but I’ll never forget when I had the unpleasant task of describing to a trade audience how much trouble manufacturers and dealers would be in with the legislator if it weren’t for PAMIRA®, our industry concept. What with the practical solutions it offers for the agricultural sector, the way it saves costs by dividing the labour between manufacturers, dealers and the system operator RIGK, and above all the huge success it has enjoyed since the first collection, all of the listeners were convinced that if we didn't have PAMIRA®, it would have to be invented right away!”

Tobias Elsperger

Elsperger Farm

“We own and farm 15 hectares of arable land as a side business. I use the PAMIRA® system to return empty plant protection product containers. This way, we can be sure that they are properly disposed of and that we are doing something for the environment at the same time.”

Volker Decker

Owner, Weinerlebnis Sommerhausen winery

“We need PAMIRA® to properly dispose of all our plant protection product containers. The system has always worked without any issues and to our greatest satisfaction.”