Plastic straws are banned in Rio de Janeiro
The United Nations (UN) estimates that more than 1 billion plastic straws are disposed worldwide every day. This alarming information is drastically enhanced by considering that plastic straws can take up to 450 years to decompose and hundreds of millions of straws, after being used for less than 5 minutes, reach rivers and oceans, endangering marine biodiversity and the subsistence of millions of fisheries.
According to the UN, the plastic straws represent 4% of all the world's garbage, but some people believe that this percentage may be much higher, since some populous countries like Brazil do not have a precise information about the quantity of plastic straws are used, but the United States, for example, produces half a billion straws every day.
In Brazil, about 95% of the waste found on the beaches of the country are made of plastic, which contributes to leave Brazilians in the 16th place among the biggest marine polluters. Since it is light weight, the plastic waste, and mainly the straws, are easily carried into the sea by the wind.
But the good news is that Rio de Janeiro may soon become the first Brazilian city to ban the use of plastic straws. The City Council recently approved a law that regulates the distribution of biodegradable straws, and at the same time, prohibits the distribution of plastic straws.
This initiative joins a growing global movement to combat plastic waste, which is considered the main villain of marine pollution. Recently, the European Union has introduced new rules to reduce and even ban plastic disposable products, which account for 70% of waste found on beaches and seas in Europe.
10 alarming data about plastic waste:
1) 8 million tons of plastic reach the oceans every year;
2) More than 1 billion plastic straws are discarded daily in the world;
3) 60-90 percent of marine litter is plastic-based;
4) The amount of plastic in the world's oceans could increase by a factor of 10 in the next decade;
5) Plastic takes up to 450 years to decompose;
6) 95% of the litter found on Brazilian beaches are composed of plastic;
7) Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century;
8) By 2050, once the current levels are maintained, the oceans will have more plastic than fish;
9) One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans;
10) More than 50% of the sea turtles have already ingested plastic.
Waste Expo Brasil reaffirms its position as the main event dedicated to
Solid Waste Management in the country and will take place as “IFAT Strategic Partner”
Waste Expo Brasil, with an unprecedented partnership with IFAT, reaffirms its position as the key and the most relevant commercial event in the country dedicated to Solid Waste Management, Recycling, Scrap Treatment and Waste to Energy solutions.
Through our solid partnerships and effective involvement of the main and the most influential industry associations in the country, Waste Expo Brasil has qualified, high-level and decision-maker visitors, mostly represented by large solid waste producers, public cleaning and biomass operators, recyclers, scrap processors, federal agencies, state regulatory bureaus, public administrators, engineers and environmentalists.
The variety and the high standard of the exhibiting companies is another great attraction of the event, which annually brings together machine manufacturers, equipment importers, distributors of public cleaning vehicles and service providers from all over the globe.
Our International Forum, although is placed within Waste Expo Brasil, is an event of its own, with most up dated topics and high-level lectures, given by renowned experts, technicians, businessmen and authorities from Brazil and other countries.
For more information about the Fair or the International Waste Expo Brazil Forum, visit us @ www.wasteexpo.com.br or call (+55 11) 2611-0800, or send us an e-mail to email@example.com.
Brazil inaugurates the largest biogas plant in the Northeast Coast
The city of Caucaia, in the greater Fortaleza urban area hosts one of the five largest sanitary landfills in the Estate of Ceará, northeast side of Brazil, and receives three thousand tons of household waste per day.
Just over a month ago, all this waste-decomposing volume are being used by the recently installed Biomethane plant to generate green gas for cars, to feed industries or to piped household gas.
The trash methane gas, when untreated, is 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide (CO2) for global warming. However, this new biogas plant has been treating 80,000 m³ of gas per day and is expected to reach 150,000 m³ by the beginning of 2019.
The investment was about R$ 100 million and is one of the examples of energy use from the garbage. The Fortaleza plant is the second largest in the country, behind to the Jardim Gramacho mill in Rio de Janeiro city, which has an installed capacity to produce 240,000 m³ per day.
Brazilian National Bank for Economic and
Social Development offers loans to invest in solar energy
The “Climate Program Found” from the Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) is encouraging the electric energy economy and, at the same time, the investment in sustainability through an extensive credit offer for the acquisition of solar energy kits.
The resources can be contracted by individuals through public banks, such as Caixa Econômica Federal and Banco do Brasil, and account for up to 80% of the kits, which includes photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and biogas generators.
Each client can request up to R$ 30 million with 4.03% per year interest and a lack of payment from three to 24 months, with a maximum term of 144 months.
Whale is found dead with 64 pounds of plastic in her stomach
Recently a Cachalot whale was found stranded and dead on the south coast of Spain.
This fact alone is already sad, but after an autopsy the story became even worse. When the mammal's stomach was opened, experts found the equivalent of 64 pounds of plastic grocery bags, a plastic gallon and various pieces of ropes and fishing nets.
After a long review, experts concluded that the whale had died because it could not expel the plastic it had swallowed, and that these materials blocked the animal's digestive system, causing an infection in the abdomen and triggering the death.
The presence of plastics in the seas and oceans is a major threat to the conservation of marine life around the world, as many animals get stuck in garbage or swallow large amounts of plastic, leading to death.
Recently, The Ocean Cleanup Foundation released a study claiming to have approximately 79,000 tonnes of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean alone. By comparison, this amount of material is equivalent in size to twice the length of the United States, which is the third largest country in the world!
The United Nations estimates that about eight million tons of plastic will stop in the oceans every year, and if plastic consumption persists at historic growth levels, and disposal habits remain unchanged, it is estimated that by the year of 2050 we will have more plastic than fish in our oceans, annihilating much of the marine life around the planet.
The new Brazilian Environment Minister, Mr. Edson Duarte, reaffirmed the support, confirmed the presence of the Ministry’s technical body and also stated that he is personally going to the Waste Expo Brazil 2018 Official Opening.
Minister Edson Duarte was with Dr. Jair Vieira Tannus, Secretary of Water Resources and Environmental Quality, when both stressed to the Executive Director of Waste Expo Brazil, Mr. Jesus Gomes, “the great importance and the quality the event has”.
The Ministry of the Environment actively supports and joins Waste Expo Brazil, which is the single trade show in the country solely focused on recycling, waste-to-energy and solid waste management. The event will take place on November 21st to 23rd in São Paulo city, and already had the support of the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the confirmed presence of Minister Alexandre Baldy to address during the International Forum.
Waste Expo Brasil, reaffirming once again its partnership with IFAT, will be present during the event, which will take place from 14 to 18 of May in the city of Munich, Germany. Waste Expo Brasil will be going with technicians and specialists from the Environment Ministry of Brazil and will participate in different debates and business roundtables with exhibitors, specialists, businessmen and authorities from Brazil and other countries interested in the Brazilian market.
Many exhibitors from IFAT, which is notoriously the largest and most important event on water treatment and sewage, waste and recycling, have already confirmed their participation at Waste Expo Brasil 2018.
Doppstadt Umwelttechnik GmbH from Germany, Sorain Cecchini Tecno Srl from Italy and Scarab Compost Machines Ltd from the United States confirmed their participation at Waste Expo Brasil 2018.
Three global leaders in their segments formalized their presence in the single trade show in the country solely focused on integrated solid waste management, since its generation, through collection, transport, separation, compaction and recycling until final destination - whether to landfills or to energy recovery.
Doppstadt, SCT and Scarab join other Brazilian and foreign companies already confirmed to exhibit and demonstrate their products and services to South American major solid waste generators, public cleaning and biomass operators, scrap recyclers and processors, federal bureaus and regulatory agencies, municipal public administrators, engineers and environmentalists.
Bring also your company to Waste Expo Brasil and join the already registered world's largest manufacturers of machinery, equipment and technologies for urban solid waste management.
Waste Expo Brasil will once again have the important support and the participation of the National Institute of Non-ferrous Scrap Preparation and Iron and Steel Companies – INESFA, and the Wholesales Trade Union of Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap in the State of São Paulo - SINDINESFA.
The booth of INESFA and SINDINESFA entities is recognized by the pleasant way its members, visitors and authorities are welcome, and where its Presidents Clineu Nunes Alvarenga and Rafael Risso de Barros, as well as the collaborators Ângela and Elias Bueno invariably distribute sympathy while their graciously please the public with typical appetizers, beverages and snacks.
The booth of the entities in the scrap industry will be number D04 on the ground floor.
The Brazilian Association for Waste Recycling from Construction and Demolition - ABRECON, which represents the rubble recycling sector in Brazil, will hold the National Seminar on the Waste Recycling from Construction and Demolition during November 21st at the Waste Expo Brasil Auditorium, with emphasis on the sustainable development growth in construction.
ABRECOM will be announcing the preliminary Seminar agenda in their website by the end of May.
IFAT begins strategic partnership with
Waste Expo Brasil 2018
IFAT, the leading global water, sewage, waste and raw material management trade show, has a new strategic partnership with Waste Expo Brasil, the most significant trade show about Solid Waste Management in Brazil.
According to Stefan Rummel, executive director of Messe München, "Brazil faces major challenges in waste management as it is the country with the most inhabitants of South America, and in this sense, modern technologies can bring important solutions. Through this partnership and the cooperation, we are able to offer to our IFAT exhibitors the opportunity to reinforce their activities in the Brazilian market."
For Jesus Gomes, organizer and managing director of Waste Expo Brasil, "the South American waste management industry, and, especially the Brazilian players will profit from the partnership between Waste Expo Brasil and IFAT, as global companies can now count with the experience and credibility that IFAT has. In the other hand, the local companies will have access to the same equipment and services presented in Europe, Asia and in the Middle East by global corporations, but with the convenience that it’s not needed to cross the Atlantic to check them out."
The Waste Expo Brasil and IFAT merger enhances the visibility of solid waste management in South America, creates new business opportunities, help local managers by facilitating access to state-of-the-art technologies and by providing quality technical content organized by renowned specialists from different countries.
Trash or waste: what's the difference?
Brazil still faces a major sanitary in 2018, public health and economic problem: garbage. Garbage, but it wouldn’t be waste? For the average Brazilian citizen, all the debris generated daily become garbage, but what is the difference between garbage and waste? Conceptually, garbage is everything that is no longer desired by its owner and that does not stimulate interest in another person, so who defines what moment an object becomes trash is the consumer. On the other hand, waste is that material that was discarded and no longer serves us, but can be used by other people or be reused as raw material for new products. That material that we consider trash can also be considered as a waste, as long as it is not improperly mixed, causing its incapacity to be reused. In fact, few things cannot be really reused; however, some types of waste, due to their physical, chemical and / or microbiological properties, which cannot be reused, must be properly disposed, and the public management, the entrepreneurs and the whole society are all responsible for the effectiveness of the National Solid Waste Policy (NSWP) effectiveness.
The NSWP, Federal Law 12.305/10, encourages the shared responsibility to all citizens and encouraging them to participate by separating the generated house waste and improve recycling.
More about the National Solid Waste Policy, opportunities and challenges will be discussed at the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum 2018.
Balance of the World Water Forum in Brasilia
The 8th World Water Forum edition came to an end last Friday, March 23rd in the city of Brasilia, capital of Brazil.
According to the World Water Council and the National Water Agency of Brazil, this edition was the largest in history and had twice the number of participants from the previous edition in 2015 in South Korea, with 173 attending countries.
The World Water Forum hosted a wide-ranging of technical and public policy discussions, with the presence of 12 nation presidents, 56 state ministers and 134 legislators from 20 different countries exchanged experiences and produced official documents with water conservation actions.
The next World Water Forum will be held in Senegal in 2021.
Scientists estimate that every year at least 1 million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die when they entangle themselves in, or ingest plastic pollution. In fact, plastic trash comprehends some what between 60% to 80% of total marine debris.
Of the eight million tons of plastic trash that flow every year into the world’s oceans, the plastic drinking straw is surely not a top contributor to all that tonnage. Yet this small, slender tube, unnecessary for most beverage consumption, is at the center of a growing environmental campaign aimed at convincing people to stop using straws to help save the oceans and the marine life.
In the UK alone, about 3.5 million McDonald’s customers buy a drink with a plastic straw every day. This means that 3.5 million straws per day are discarded somewhere just by McDonald’s customers only. How bad is for a single food chain in one country alone? Well, think in a much bigger load when talking about another country. In the United States, 500 million plastic straws are used and thrown away daily! Get worse as we think that not a fraction is recycled.
Small and lightweight, straws often never make it into recycling bins; the evidence of this failure is clearly visible on any beach. And although straws amount to a tiny fraction of ocean plastic, their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish, sea mammals and turtles.
Several different straw wars are raised every day and in everywhere to educate consumers about the excessive use, the necessity of the correct disposal and, of course, the unnecessary use of it.
Think better next time you order your beverage with a plastic straw that you might use for few minutes, but it will take 400 years to decompose or even kill an animal.
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Brazilian economy indicates growth in 2018 and investors are back
The economy positive performance statistics are no longer an exception, indicating that the Brazilian recovery is solid, sustainable and confirms the recession is over.
Several global and local banks, as well as the World Bank, the IMF - the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations - have revised upward Brazil's projection for growth in 2018. Among the five largest emerging economies, Brazil had the biggest review up.
Os indicadores de vários setores vêm se acelerando, como no caso de automóveis, supermercadista, imóveis, agricultura e de embalagens que cresce consecutivamente já há 8 meses. Mesmo tempo – aliás, que o país vem confirma o aumento de empregos.
The indicators of several sectors have been accelerating, as in the case of automobiles, supermarket, real estate, agriculture and packaging that has been growing consecutively for 8 months. The same time frame - in fact, that the country confirms the increase of jobs.
Industry and commerce are excited by better sales figures, not seen since 2015, and with the strengthening of the national economy, investments in infrastructure, such as the recovery of ports, airports, roads and energy distribution.
Both Brazilian Ministers of Environment and of Municipal Affairs
sustain the quality and the importance of Waste Expo Brasil
The Brazilian Minister of Environment and the Minister of Municipal Affairs highlighted the importance of the Waste Expo Brasil by confirming the Federal Government Official Support and participation in the 2018 edition.
Recently, the Minister of Environment, Mr. Sarney Filho, emphasized the quality and the importance of the trade show to the Brazilian and to South American entrepreneurs that “no longer need to travel to other countries to find excellent technical content and global companies”.
Waste Expo Brasil is fully dedicated to Waste Management, Energy Recovery and Scrap Treatment and was freshly exalted by Minister of Municipal Affairs, Mr. Alexandre Baldy, that emphasized that “a well-organized technical content such as the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum is very important to train and update private managers and municipal authorities throughout the country, as well as the trade show that presents worldwide technologies, equipment, machinery and cleaning vehicles”.
Official opening of the Fair Expo Brasil 2017
From left to right, Rogério Menezes, President of the National Association of Municipal Entities of the Environment and Secretary of Environment of the City of Campinas, Rainer Münzel, Minister of Economic Affairs and Global Affairs of Germany, Carlos Gomes, Federal Deputy and President of the Parliamentary Front for the Recycling Chain, Sarney Filho, Minister of State for the Environment of Brazil, Maurício Brusadin, Secretary of State for the Environment of São Paulo, Hugo Florez Timoran, Secretary for Brazil of the IDB - Inter-American Development Bank, André Fraga, General Coordinator of the Secretaries of the Environment of the Brazilian Capitals - CB27 and Eduardo de Castro, Municipal Secretary of the Environment of São Paulo.
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"The visitor’s quality are very high and we were not able to stop attending one minute. Certainly, it is above my expectations. I have exhibited in other trade shows in Brazil, but I don’t know any other that gathers the major industry players exhibiting as well high-quality visitors” Exhibitor
"Certainly! Sure, I'll be back here next year. I met everybody here. For me was great” Visitor
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Ministro do Meio Ambiente do Brasil destaca que a luta para
evitar a mudança do clima é irreversível e universal
O Brasil e quase outras 200 nações avançam nas ações para conter o aquecimento global, que está associado a danos como secas e enchentes mundo afora. A 23ª Conferência do Clima está acontecendo esta semana na cidade de Bonn, na Alemanha, e vai até o dia 17 de novembro com a tarefa de dar novos passos na regulamentação do Acordo de Paris, um esforço mundial para conter o aumento da temperatura média do planeta.
O Ministério do Meio Ambiente do Brasil organizará durante a COP 23 diferentes debates, workshops e apresentações ao longo das duas semanas da Conferência, objetivando envolver o setor público, a iniciativa privada e a sociedade civil de vários países para debater temas ligados à mudança climática.
A luta para evitar a mudança do clima é irreversível e universal, afirmou o Chefe da delegação brasileira, o ministro do Meio Ambiente, Sarney Filho.
O Acordo de Paris foi concluído em 2015 durante a COP 21, e representa um esforço mundial para manter o aumento da temperatura média global abaixo de 2°C. Nesse contexto, cada país apresentou sua meta de redução de emissões para fazer sua parte frente ao aquecimento global, e a meta Brasileira apresentada à época é considerada uma das mais ambiciosas, propondo redução de 37% das emissões até 2025 e de 43% até 2030.
The United Nations Environment Program, UNEP,
will reveal on November 21st the Latin America Solid Waste Atlas
during Waste Expo Brasil International Forum.
The Latin American Waste Management Outlook is part of a series of UNEP - United Nations Environment Program Bulletins, that aims to provide a Waste Management overview in Latin America. LAWMO is complementary to other regional publications that advise about Waste Management perspectives in Asia, Central Asia, Mountain Regions, Small Island Developing States and Africa. According to the UN, Regional Perspectives enables more profound outlooks in each of the regions, allowing specific recommendations for every single area.
The UNEP Governing Council, through the International Center for Environmental Technology of the United Nations (IETC), has been developing these global studies since 2013. These studies are focus on challenges, trends and policies in relation to prevention, minimization and life cycling materials, always in consultation with local governments for appropriate guidance and planning.
The UNEP Latin America Solid Waste Atlas will be unveiled for the first time on November 21st in the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum, shortly after the Opening Session with the presence of the Brazilian Minister of the Environment, Mr. José Sarney Filho.
The International Forum is a paid event and a complete agenda and prices are available at www.wasteexpo.com.br.
Brazil recycled 280,000 tons of aluminum cans in 2016 and the Environment is grateful
The Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) and the Brazilian Association of Aluminum Can Manufacturers (ABRALATAS) announced the country recycled 280,000 tons of aluminum beverage cans, out of the 286,600 tons produced in 2016. The recycling aluminum cans rate for beverages reached 97.7%, keeping Brazil among the world top leaders since 2001.
According to the coordinator for the ABAL Recycling Market Committee, Mario Fernandez, this is a progressively representative segment for the industry, society and the environment. "The aluminum can for beverages, whose consumption reached 110 units per person in 2016, represents almost 50% of the recovered aluminum scrap volume in the year."
In 2016, the aluminum beverage cans after consumption market was responsible for R$ 947 million into the national economy, contributing to the generation of income and jobs for thousands of waste pickers.
For Mr. Renault Castro, chief executive of ABRALATAS, the stability of the index, close to 100% in the last 10 years, confirms the success of the can recycling model and points out an important competitive differential of the packaging over its competitors. "In times of global warming, when you are looking for a low-carbon economy, this is a big advantage."
A Report prepared by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), an international sustainability consultancy, has confirmed that aluminum can is the most recycled beverage packaging in the world.
The study was carried out at the request of canneries' associations in the United States (CMI), in Europe (BCME) and in Brazil (ABRALATAS) and found a global recycling rate of 69% of marketed cans, against 43% of PET and 46% of the glass.
The study recorded packaging recycling rates in Brazil (98%), Poland (79%), Japan (77%), Italy (72%) and the United States (55%).
The Environment truly appreciates!
FONTE: Jornal O NORTÃO, Publicada em 28/10/2017.
Where 1.1 billion plastic bottles produced by Coca-Cola last year are?
3,400 plastic bottles per second. This impressive figure was estimated by the Greenpeace organization on the number of PETs bottles manufactured in 2016 by the multinational soft drink giant Coca-Cola. The company reported that the production grew last year, delivering 110 billion bottles to the market, an increase of 1 billion units compared to the previous year.
However, only a small fraction of these bottles are recycled. Reports indicate that less than 50% of the world production had proper destination, such as recycling centers, and only 7% were transformed into new bottles.
The figures above are part of a new campaign led by Greenpeace UK, which has launched a petition to pressure Coca-Cola to spot itself more sustainably and responsibly towards the environment. The UK local initiative now became a global action.
The organization accuses the multinational of being choking the oceans with their plastic bottles. As the world's largest soft drink maker, Coca-Cola needs to act now!
The impact of plastic bottles
It is estimated that one million plastic bottles are sold per minute on the planet, something around 20 thousand every second.
A survey released by the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that 480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016, and it should grow another 20% by 2021, reaching 583 billion units. The data are from the Global Packaging Trends Report of Euromonitor International.
Experts say the environmental impact of plastic waste on the planet, especially in the oceans, is likely to be worse than climate change.
Plastic has emerged as one of humankind's greatest inventions. Lightweight, practical and inexpensive, it serves as packaging for everything. And with that, its production has made huge leaps over the last decades. In 1964, they were 15 million tons manufactured. By 2015, this number jumped to 322 million tons.
Although most bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a thermoplastic polymer, and perfectly recyclable, the outrageous number of units produced per second on the planet makes this task virtually impossible. It is estimated that less than half of the bottles bought last year were recycled. What's left of this huge mountain of plastic trash will stop at landfills or oceans.
Source: Portal Conexão Planeta by Suzana Camargo
Only one month left for the single trade show in Brazil exclusively focused on solid waste management, recycling, scrap treatment and waste to energy.
Waste Expo Brasil will take place from November 21st to 23rd at the Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo and will bring together the leading companies of the industry from different countries, such as Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States, and of course, many from Brazil.
Waste Expo Brasil 2017 visitors will find machinery, equipment, vehicles and the most wide-ranging services for the whole waste management chain, from collection to transportation, separation, treatment, compaction, recycling and up to final destination in controlled landfills or in waste to energy plants.
The Brazilian Federal Government will be in exhibiting in the show through the Ministry of the Environment booth, and will be presenting all the actions that has been taken to improve the solid waste management, by training and equipping municipalities, establishing treatment and separation centers, training waste pickers and by expanding industry agreements in reverse logistics and credit lines for sustainable initiatives.
GIZ, short for "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit", or "German Society for International Cooperation", will also be in the show introducing the ProteGEEr project. The project, which aims to strengthen climate protection and the non-generation of greenhouse gases through the correct management of solid urban waste, is being implemented in Brazil by the Ministry of Municipal Affair, the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil, GIZ and by the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany.
Ford Trucks will also be exhibiting its new product line for garbage collection. The Federal Service Bank for small entrepreneurs, the National Investment Bank - Caixa Econômica Federal and BNDES – National Bank for Economic and Social Development will be presenting their specific credit lines for waste management, recycling and scrap treatment.
The visitors also can participate in the debates with specialists, technicians, professors, authorities and entrepreneurs of these sectors in different Technical Panels of the International Forum. Relevant and extremely significant topics for the industry will be presented during the three days of the event, always from 13:00 to 20:00. To check the complete agenda of the debates and participation values, CLICK HERE. The entrance for the trade show is free and exclusive for professionals of the sector.
Specialists and waste management
companies want to approve the
waste fee charge while proper treatment and adequate destination
FONTE: Tulio Kruse, Especial para o Estado em 18 Outubro 2017
Just when the country faces an upsurge in the number of cities that are using non-controlled landfills and open dumps, experts are advocating for the adoption of a specific fee for public cleaning and waste management. Part of the movement, led by leaders of industry associations, are based on the research that shows that collection, recycling, and the correct disposal are much better in cities that have adopted this specific fee.
This report was shown in the latest edition of the Brazilian Urban Cleaning Sustainability Index (ISLU), which evaluates the compliance with the National Solid Waste Policy. The report was sponsored by the Union of Urban Cleaning Companies of the State of São Paulo (Selur) and published by Price Waterhouse Coopers – PwC and points out that the waste fee is related with a better performance in all aspects evaluated. The specific tax is also defended by entities such as the Brazilian Public Clean and Special Waste Association (Abrelpe) and Waste and Effluent Treatment Association (Abetre).
Number one city in the ISLU ranking, the city of Maringá, in Paraná State, launched the “waste fee” in 2008. Nowadays, the fee is charged along with Urban Territorial and Living Tax (IPTU). Just over 43% of the municipalities evaluated in the ISLU Census use specific public
cleaning and waste management fee. Among these municipalities, 70% properly disposes their waste in controlled landfills. In the other hand, where there is no specific waste fee, the proportion is the reverse: 68% uses open dumps or non-controlled landfills, without adequate prevention for soil contamination.
Most cities choose to include the tax charge in the IPTU ticket, while only 7% includes the tax amount the light or water bills, and the rest of the cities uses a specific invoice.
The research shows that when the waste charge is associated with light or water bills, usually this payment have better results. In this case, waste collection and public cleaning services reach 90% of the population, the recycled material is higher, and the overall index is better in cities that adopt other charging models.
The Regionalization of Urban Solid Waste Management is a viable alternative to ending dumps
As the public cleaning is the most expensive service on the municipal budget, behind only the payroll cost, it is necessary that public authorities adopt measures to consider its sustainability and the nonstop provision for this essential service, linked, for example, to other revenue systems.
One of the alternatives in public cleaning are the regionalization of the domestic waste treatment and collection with the involvement of the Federal Government the States.
This statement is from the Brazilian Association of Waste and Effluent Treatment Companies’ president, Dr. Carlos Fernandes. According to him, this is, in practice, the creation of municipal consortiums to collect and treat municipal waste.
The ABETRE proposal foresees that the states and the Union take part of the competence in the waste management of the municipalities where there is no financial feasibility to maintain the operation in an individualized way, especially for small cities.
"A landfill that receives up to 300 tons of waste a day makes the operation practically unfeasible from an economic point of view, since the cost would be prohibitive," says Dr. Fernandes.
In practice, treating the waste correctly is only financially feasible for municipalities with more than 300,000 inhabitants, which currently make
up only 20% of all Brazilian cities. For this reason, the states and the Union must induce, through incentives, the grip of municipalities to regional waste management programs.
Several municipalities in the country already adopt the regional waste disposal model, such as Rio Grande do Sul, Greater São Paulo and the region of Campinas.
ABETRE is an important partner of the Waste Expo Brasil 2017, and Dr. Carlos Fernandes will speak at the International Forum about "The Importance of Intermunicipal Consortia and the Construction of Regional Sanitary Landfills."
Hong Kong is close to the limit
to storage garbage
Hong Kong is approaching a serious breaking point. The growing urban center is almost without space to store the 15 thousand tons of garbage produced every day.
With a population of nearly 7.4 million people squeezed into a space of just over 1,106 square kilometers, Hong Kong qualifies as the fourth most densely populated territory in the world.
This extreme density means that Hong Kong is running out of landfills and has no extra land for its high waste production at an alarming rate.
Currently, Hong Kong has three active "landfills", but a total of 13 other garbage sites have already been filled and are now closed, sealed and turned into places such as golf courses and recreation parks.
As for the three remaining facilities, they may be jeopardized. By 2013, it was estimated that these strategic landfills would have capacity reached by 2019, which means that Hong Kong will have to find very soon alternative ways to get rid of the garbage.
"We are running out of space and in some areas people are progressively approaching landfills," says Mrs. Christine Loh Hong Kong's deputy environment secretary.
Part of the problem is Hong Kong's recycling capacity. Despite efforts to strengthen recycling, a historic shortage of large-scale recycling plants means that materials intended for reuse are processed elsewhere: in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand.
Some of the plans to get around, even partially and temporarily, include building a food processing plant to recycle discarded food, a US$ 10 billion waste incinerator that could be up to 2025 with the ability to burn up to 30% of Hong Kong's garbage production, and the incentive for non-generation and recycling.
FONT: Climatologia Geográfica
Picture of the week
California-based nature photographer, nominated for wildlife photographer of year, wishes the photo he's nominated for "didn't exist." Justin Hofman snapped the photo while snorkeling near Subawa Island, Indonesia.
More than 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year, and according to United Nations, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.
FONT: National Geographic
Photo: Justin Hofman
The Secretary of State for the Environment of Portugal, Dr. Eng. Carlos Martins, one of the most representative and important authorities of that country, confirmed his presence at Waste Expo Brasil 2017!
Dr. Carlos Martins will be representing the Portuguese Government at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Waste Expo Brasil 2017, that will take place on November 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Centro de Eventos Pro Magno in São Paulo, along with his Brazilian counterpart, the Minister of the Environment, José Sarney Filho, and other authorities already confirmed.
The Portuguese Secretary of State for the Environment will also speak on the " Portuguese Environment Model and Renewable Energies" in his address in the Environmental Awareness Panel at the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum, which takes place simultaneously with the trade show.
What will happen after the Hurricanes Season?
With hurricanes being as powerful as they are, it is not surprising that upon land touchdown they cause all kinds of damage and destruction. Once they leave, we easily find a trail of devastation demanding for reconstruction. After a hurricane, thousands of tons of all sort of products need to be replaced, fixed and recycled.
Hurricane “Harvey”, that slammed the State of Texas by the end of August, already had a major impact on recyclers due to the
substantial scrap generated from households, businesses and the marinas affected. Not mentioning the organic waste that increased reasonably as from hundreds of trees were uprooted through Harvey’s route.
Just after Harvey, the hurricane “Irma” that this time reached the west coast of Florida last Sunday was titled as “a hurricane with unprecedented intensity and extension over the Atlantic” by the USA Weather Office, left behind thousands of smashed boats, flooded vehicles, homes, buildings, bridges, furniture, electronics and home appliances that will need to be demolished and shredded, generating a massive amount of scrap.
Another relevant issue is that the reconstruction hard work requires large volumes of metal, concrete and other construction goods, commonly transported by cargo vessels. However, the supply of all kinds of materials is suffering a major logistical challenge in Texas and Florida, especially because the ships need to stay put for safety, and because all three major cargo ports in Texas were affected, as well the Port of Tampa Bay, the largest freight port in the State of Florida had suffered damages.
Nevertheless, Hurricane “Jose” is yet to come and show its strength, and after Jose, eleven other hurricanes are expected to show up before the season ends.
Behind all the tragedy and suffering on millions, recycling will at least speed up a little bit the scrap proper treatment and the reconstruction.
The Garbage Generation in Brazil dropped down
The waste generation in Brazil decreased 2.04% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to the Solid Waste Survey released on August 31 by the Brazilian Public Cleaning and Solid Waste Association - ABRELPE. Last year, 78.3 million tons of solid waste were generated, compared with 79.89 million tons in 2015.
The reduction in waste generation unfortunately has nothing to do with environmental awareness of the population, but the economic crisis that the country faced, directly affecting the consumption power of the Brazilians.
Another negative aspect attributed to the economic recession was the increase in the use of open dumps. About 81 thousand tons of garbage were improperly disposed in 2016, or 17.4% of the total waste generated, against 17.2% in 2015.
One of the few indices that did not fall and remain stable was the selective collection, when in 2015 it was present in 69.3% of municipalities, and 2016 became present in 69.6% of municipalities.
Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water
Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.
Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analyzed by scientists who shared the findings with the British Journal, “the Guardian”, on September 6th. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibers.
The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibers found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.
European nations including the UK, Germany and France had the lowest contamination rate, but this was still 72%. The average number of fibers found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe.
The new analyses indicate abundant amount of microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via contaminated seafood.
The scale of global microplastic contamination is only starting to become clear, with studies in Germany finding fibers and fragments in all the 24 beer brands they tested, as well as in honey and sugar. In Paris in 2015, researchers discovered microplastic falling from the air, which they estimated deposits three to 10 tons of fibers on the city each year, and that it was also present in the air in people’s homes.
How microplastics end up in drinking water is for now a mystery, but the atmosphere is one obvious source, with fibers shed by the everyday wear and tear of clothes and carpets. Tumble dryers are another potential source, with almost 80% of US households having dryers that usually vent to the open air.
Plastic fibers may also be flushed into water systems, with a recent study finding that each cycle of a washing machine could release 700,000 fibers into the environment. Rains could also sweep up microplastic pollution, which could explain why the household wells used in Indonesia were found to be contaminated.
Almost 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year and, and just 20% are recycled or incinerated, what means that almost everything ends up littering the air, land and sea. A report in July this year found that 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced since the 1950s, thus, its completely terrifying to learn the plastic volume not treated in the last 67 years.
Scientists say the tap water analyses raise a red flag, but more investigations are needed to find the sources of contamination and evaluate the possible health impacts.
There are no questions that plastics are very useful, but the discard management must be drastically improved.
Estre Ambiental merges an American group and will have shares on Nasdaq
The American Boulevard Acquisition Corporation and the Brazilian Estre Ambiental, the largest waste management company in Brazil and Latin America, announced on August
17th an association between the two companies, which will result in the Estre's going public at Nasdaq, with an initial funding of approximately US $ 1.1 billion.
According to the press statement, an operation assumes a multiple of 7.7 times the adjusted operating result (Ebitda) estimated for 2018.
The Estre Group assists more than 31 million people daily, in seven Brazilian states, where about 50% of the Brazilian population is concentrated. The company, which has revenues of $ 466 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $ 132 million in 2017, is specialized in collection, treatment and final disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste for municipal, industrial and commercial customers.
Its operations are concentrated in 13 landfills and disposes adequately six million tons of waste per year. The company will add five new landfills in its operations in the coming years, it has two waste-to-energy plants, with installed capacity of about 14 MW and potential generation of 80 MW, as well as 3 facilities for hazardous waste and health treatment waste.
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The Blue Ocean Foundation based in Lisbon launched last month the campaign "What does not end in the garbage ends at sea", and emphasized that plastic is the biggest villain of marine pollution, reaching up to 80% of all the waste in the oceans. According to the Portuguese Foundation, millions of tons of plastic reaches the sea every year, impacting marine ecosystems, killing fishes and sea mammals.
The latest figures from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) indicate that one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die annually due to plastic contamination.
On the other hand, data from the main plastic packaging industries show that the production of this type of container represents, only between the years 2014 and 2017, the same amount of plastic packaging produced since plastic was invented until 2014, about 100 years ago.
Another alarming fact for the whole environment points out that something between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed around the world annually. In Brazil alone, about 1.5 million plastic pouches are distributed per hour.
The excessive consumption of plastic bags has a high environmental cost since its production, when oil, natural gas, water and energy are consumed, and after being used, by discarding them incorrectly, increasing pollution and helping to plug culverts that drain the waters of the rains, or going to the woods and oceans, being ingested by animals that frequently die suffocated or come up imprisoned in them.
The plastic bags are the subject of enormous international debate. Exaggerated consumption has caused scary situations. In South Africa, for example, there are so many wasted plastic bags in the cities, forests and highways that they are called "national flowers", such as the amount seen on lawns, gardens and forests. In India, hundreds of cows die each year from ingesting plastic bags. Thousands of turtles confuse the plastic bags that reach the oceans with jellyfish, their basic source of food, and die suffocated. And the North Americans throw away
at least 100 billion plastic bags a year, which means the waste of 12 million gallons of oil.
However, good examples can also be found in countries such as Ireland, where plastic bags started to be charged in 2002. Since then, its consumption has dropped by 97%. In China, free distribution of plastic bags was banned from 2008, when about 3 billion bags were consumed per day! In Australia, retailers joined a Federal program to ban plastic bags and there was already a 90% drop in consumption. In 2007, merchants in San Francisco, California, were forced by law to ban all common plastic bags.
The environmental solution for bags and other plastic packaging necessarily involves habit changing, conscious use, reuse, correct disposal and, above all, drastic reduction of consumption. We will only reduce the environmental impacts of plastic packaging when we reduce its presence in our day to day routine. This reduction will be facilitated when alternatives to waste disposal arise, especially the implementation of selective collection in all Brazilian municipalities, as well as composting systems, which will allow the correct destination, recycling and organic waste treatments.
At the Waste Expo Brasil 2017 Forum, which will take place between the 21st and 23rd of November at Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo, you will be able to learn more about new technologies and services for post consuming to be applied in Brazil. For more information, visit www.wasteexpo.com.br.
With a little over than 100 days for the Opening Day, Waste Expo Brasil reiterates its position to be the single event in the entire country fully dedicated to the solid waste management, scrap treatment, recycling, composting, public urban cleaning and energy recovery from waste (W-t-E).
International and local companies will exhibit machineries, equipment, vehicles, technologies and essential services for the entire solid waste chain, ranging from garbage collection, transportation, sorting, treatment, recycling, up to destination,
either in a controlled landfill or to an energy recovery plant, which will assist the country to solve two major problems; the correct waste disposal and a diversification of the Brazilian energy matrix.
The Waste Expo Brasil 2017 takes place from November 21 to 23 in São Paulo and brings a wide, varied and updated technical agenda that is presented during the trade show at the International Waste Expo Brazil Forum. Experts, educators, technicians and government authorities from Brazil and other countries will present and discuss relevant topics to our society, our environment and sustainable future of our companies and homes.
Focused on Public Managers
With the Federal Government assistance, through the Environment Ministry and the Ministry of Municipality Affairs, Brazilian Federal and State banks, as well as the important support from the Inter-American Development Bank, GIZ - German Society for International Cooperation, ANAMMA - National Association of Municipal Environmental Bodies and
FNP - National Front of Mayors, the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum will bring public administrators from all regions of the country, to learn from the experts what are the most advanced technologies for their municipalities, while public managers can exchange information with renowned technicians and specialists, and also consult the most appropriate financing system for their projects.
The right Information is one of the keys to ensure success, and access to this information will be available during Waste Expo Brasil! Three major associations in its segments will manage their own congresses inside Waste Expo Brasil 2017.
Write down in your calendar and schedule yourself to be part of the best and most complete event of the entire solid waste chain in the country!
Meet Our Exhibitors!
Doppstadt is one of the world's leading manufacturers of machines for the processing of all types of biofuels, waste and recycling materials, contributing to the preservation of the environment through its equipment marketed in more than 40 countries.
CLICK HERE to see what Doppstadt will be demonstrating live at Waste Expo Brasil 2017.
SINDINESFA – São Paulo State Union for Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap, and INESFA - National Institute of Non-ferrous, Iron and Steel Scrap Companies, renewed the important partnership with Waste Expo Brasil, and will be guesting their associates, guests and representatives of the wholesale scrap metal industry in their traditional festive booth.
The recycling paradise of Sweden:
The European Union has determined that all its member countries must recycle 50% of all the waste they produce by 2020, and gradually increase as much as 65% by 2030. While this goal appears to be a utopian to the large majority of people and rulers in many countries, the Swedish people are already able to recycle and reuse almost the totality of the waste they produce.
Recycling in Sweden is so efficient, that since 2011 the country has become the world leader in solid waste treatment and energy recovery, allocating less than 1% of its waste in landfills. The 4.4 million tons of waste per year balance is equally divided, being one part recycled to return to the market, and the other part is sent as raw material for energy recovery (Waste to Energy).
The W-t-E in Sweden is taken very seriously through its 32 incineration plants across the country, and is mainly used for energy and heating the households, business and industry.
Some of these waste treatment and W-t-E plants have nowadays an idle capacity, and therefore, the government has authorized them to import garbage from other European countries such as the UK, Ireland, Italy and Norway. In this context, those exporting countries that do not have an appropriate treatment for their waste, and sees the waste as a problem, win; and Sweden gains as well, as they use the waste as an important fuel to produce energy (every 3 tons of waste has the same calorific power to 1 ton of oil), and of course, for saving their natural resources.
Waste treatment in Sweden is not recent. The first incineration plant was installed way back in 1904 and in 1940, the construction of more plants allowed enough gas production to heat up homes and to generate power for industry. Since 1970 and with a greater number of plants, the country has become self-sufficient in energy and has been independent from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.
At the other end, Brazil still allocating about 58% of its waste in landfills and 39% is sent to non-controlled landfills, or worse, to open dumps. So, only 3% of the nearly 80 million tons of waste generated per year in Brazil are recycled, and the waste incineration system is not yet used to generate electricity on a large scale.
Therefore, Brazil's sustainability, green technology and the generation of clean energy have a long and laborious way to go.
However, what is a bit challenging for some, it is very inspiring for those who believe in the great potential the country has yet to growth.
Join us for Waste Expo Brasil 2017 and take advantage of this enormous potential market by meeting and showing your service to a very qualified audience!
Ministry Bruno Araújo
The Brazilian Ministry of Cities reaffirms the support to Waste Expo Brasil
The Brazilian Ministry of Cities, that finances W-t-E plants and major Waste Treatment operations in the country, reinforces the importance of Waste Expo Brasil - WEB by confirming its Official Support to the show.
On March 8th Minister Bruno Araujo highlighted the importance and the quality of the WEB 2017, a trade show dedicated to Energy Recovery, Waste Treatment and Public Cleaning.
As per Minister Bruno Araújo, a well-organized technical content such as the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum is very important to train and update private managers and municipal authorities throughout the country, as well as the trade show that presents worldwide technologies, equipment, machinery and vehicles.
Waste Expo Brasil 2017 - WEB will take place from November 21st to 23rd at the Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Waste Expo Brasil is a commercial event with vast technical content through its international Forum, organized along with Ministry of Environment of Brasil. The Waste Expo Brasil 2017 focus on Solid Waste Management, Urban Cleaning and Energy Recovery from Waste. Brazilian Federal Government, through the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Cities and the BNDES are confirmed as exhibitors and for the official opening.
The Waste Expo Brasil 2017 offers the contribution of the private initiative to an emergency priority of environmental management in Brasil, which is the complete range offer for the implementation of the National Solid Waste Policy. Join us today for Waste Expo Brasil 2017 and take advantage of this enormous potential market by meeting and showing your service to a very qualified audience!
Waste Expo Brasil 2016 oppening