Reverse logistics - receiving program for empty containers of pesticides from tobacco growers in southern Brazil
The Brazilian legislation, through Decree 4.074/2002, has determined that users of agrochemicals and related products should return the empty containers and their covers to the commercial establishments where they were purchased. This legislation also provides for responsibilities on the part of distribution channels, growers, manufacturers and public authorities. In anticipation of this legislation and seeking solutions for the correct disposal of pesticide containers used by tobacco growers, the sector - led by SindiTabaco - has developed a roaming system for collecting empty pesticide containers used by tobacco growers. A specialised company, authorised by the environmental authorities, carries out the collection of the packaging at approximately 2,600 collection points in the rural areas of approximately 550 municipalities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. In the Parana state the collecting system is made through of the local operations units and with the partnership of the tobacco industry. The technicians of the tobacco companies deliver invitations to all the approximately 120,000 integrated growers, stating the dates, times and places of receiving the empty containers. The Program has been constantly improving and now it has the use of software specifically developed for this purpose. The growers' data (register) and the quantities and types of delivered packages are recorded in mobile devices (tablets), allowing real-time monitoring, as well as obtaining reports with referred information. Over the last 17 years of operation, more than 13 million packages were collected and sent to reception centers accredited by the environmental authorities, where they undergo a screening process before being sent to recycling companies. The programme includes all kind of pesticide containers used by tobacco growers on other crops on their farms.