In Peru’s banana sector (+/- 10,000 hectares), an estimated 20 million plastic bags are used annually for this purpose, some 450 tonnes of plastic altogether. An awful lot of this plastic waste used to be disposed of in landfills, incinerated or even worse, dumped on plantations or by the roadside. Thankfully, this is now gradually changing for the better.
With technical assistance from Plastic Fantastic and guidance from AgroFair, producer BANANICA has set up its first recycling factory in Peru, magically transforming used bunch bags into corner boards by the end of January 2020. (For those of you who do not dwell in the enchanting world of palletizing: corner boards are pallet edge protectors and we use a LOT of them – 80 per container!).
The first load of recycled corner boards was greeted with a cheer at AgroFair last May. Much in the spirit of the initiative, the corner boards are green, revealing the colour of the bags they are made of.