Adivalor, an environmental NPO at the heart of the agricultural industry. As part of their obligation to sustainable agriculture manufacturers, distributors and farmers have committed themselves to ensuring the safe disposal of waste arising from crop protection products. ADIVALOR (Agriculteurs Distributeurs Industriels pour la Valorisation des déchets agricoles) was created in 2001 under the initiative of the UIPP* and the active participation of distributors, cooperatives, agricultural wholesalers, farmers via trade unions, the FNSEA and the French Chambers of Agriculture. Its aim was to establish a voluntary collection and recovery scheme for crop protection products at the end of their life cycle: used packaging (phytopharmaceutical products, fertilizers and soil enhancers, seeds and plants, dairy farm hygiene products), unusable phytopharmaceutical products and used plastic films.
This initiative stands alone as the only packaging waste management scheme in France, undertaken on a voluntary basis and depends on the committment of 240 industrialists or contributing importers, 1,000 participating distributors, 230,000 farmers and the support of the Departments of Agriculture, Ecology and Sustainable Development. The organizations representing the Plant Protection Industry Association (UIPP, UPJ), the cooperative federations (Coop de France, InVivo), the agricultural traders/wholesalers (FNA) and the farmers (APCA, FNSEA), are the founding members of ADIVALOR.
(*) Via its subsidiary COVADA, the UIPP: l’Union des Industries de la Protection des Plantes (French Pesticide Industry Association) is the main shareholder of ADIVALOR. It is a professional association whose 21 members represent about 90% of the turnover on the French market of crop protection products.
For the past ten years, the issue of waste management has become more regulated and responsibility has been placed largely on manufacturers to resolve this concern. Of course the principle of “he who pollutes pays” applies to farmers but also to the distributors, manufacturers and importers of these products which produce waste.
As a result, environmental organizations reunited in order to establish coherent waste disposal methods between all stakeholders involved. This action was reinforced by the creation of the Grenelle Environmental Law (projet de loi Grenelle I, chapitre II, article 41) which states that that all manufacturers are accountable for the waste created by their products and must use all existing measures to ensure the reduction, reutilization and recycling of this waste.
It is for this reason that in 2001, a voluntary initiative was put in place by crop protection and agri-supply companies to manage phytopharmaceutical products at the end of their life cycle. This voluntary not-for-profit organization (NPO) is ADIVALOR.
Adivalor's performance depends largely on the principal of shared responsibility amongst the private agri-supply companies:
Users, mainly farmers, are asked to prepare and store products at the end of their life cycle, and to bring back their waste packaging to specific depots on dates set by their distributors
Distributors, cooperatives and dealers are responsible for organizing the collection, storage and regrouping of that waste
Market players (manufacturers, importers) finance the recovery and treatment of waste, as well as ADIVALOR's operational plans, via a specific eco-tax
The organization also relies on support from Chambers of Agriculture and other professional organizations to relay information to farmers and coordinate the organization of collections throughout the country.
ADIVALOR outlines the technical practicalities of the collections, organizes and finances all or part of the elimination of crop protection products at the end of their life cycle. It also operates in the initial stages of the process, during the preparatory and organizational phases. It offers communication tools and teaching aids to operators and deploys R&D programmes with an aim to improve the recovery and optimization of waste collected.