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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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PAMIRA® collects over 47 tons of pheromone dispensers during the 2024 collection campaign

PAMIRA®, short for Packaging Material Recovery for Agriculture (PAckMIttel-Rücknahme Agrar): PAMIRA® is the recovery system for plant protection product and liquid fertiliser packaging in Germany, operated by RIGK. Building on the success of special return campaigns for pheromone dispensers since 2020, PAMIRA achieved another highly successful campaign in 2024, further increasing collection volumes.

Thanks to the collection and return efforts of the vintners, the 2024 campaign achieved another record in return volumes.

During the 2024 campaign, which recently concluded, more than 47 tons of pheromone dispensers were collected at 17 collection dates and subsequently processed in an environmentally friendly manner. The dispensers are 100% materially recycled, thus remaining entirely within the resource cycle. By recycling the pheromone dispensers through PAMIRA®, vintners once again contribute significantly to environmental protection in viticulture. Feedback from conversations with vintners and collection site staff was overwhelmingly positive. Both the collection service and its organization were praised during this year's campaign.

Pheromone dispensers protect vines from the grapevine moth, a pest that can cause significant damage in vineyards. The trick: the pheromones confuse male moths, preventing them from finding and mating with females. This eco-friendly method of pest control leaves the issue of empty pheromone dispensers in the vineyard. The solution: vintners hang the pheromone dispensers in the spring after pruning and bring them to designated collection dates specifically for pheromone dispensers under the PAMIRA® scheme. These dispensers can be returned at all PAMIRA® collection sites during the campaign, free of charge for the vintners.

PAMIRA® is a registered trademark of the Industrieverband Agrar e.V. (IVA). The collection and recycling of the gathered packaging are managed by RIGK.

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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 / Safety BAT Agrar GmbH & Co. KG

“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!”

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.”