Get ready! Waste Expo Brasil 2019 will take place in less than two months

Waste Expo Brasil has been recognized as the most relevant international and the most focused solid waste management event in Brasil. The trade show brings up to date, unparalleled, free and specialized quality information. It is for no other reason that the number of exhibitors continues to grow, and each year more visitors come to learn, share knowledge, strategize and buy new equipment.


Waste Expo Brasil is already booked in the agenda of many companies in the sector and it is recognized as the most important meeting point for professionals across the country, from waste collection to final destination, from public cleaning to recycling, from composting to the Waste-to-Energy.


Waste Expo Brasil 2019 will once again bring solutions for the entire production chain, with the exhibition of machinery, equipment, vehicles, treatment plants, new solutions and technologies, from garbage generation to end disposal and energy recovery.


Register in your calendar, do not leave your company out of this and make your Free REGISTRATION HERE.

Well-known meeting place in the country, Waste Expo Brasil also catches the attention of businessmen and authorities from other South American countries

Waste Expo Brasil trade show is the most complete technical and commercial event in the country exclusively focused on solid waste management, recycling, scrap treatment and Waste-to-Energy.


Companies from nearly 20 countries will exhibit the latest high-tech machines, equipment and vehicles - the same as those currently applied in Europe, Asia and North America - to visitors from all over Brazil and South America, focused on specific solutions for waste generators, public cleaning and biomass operators, sanitation companies, recyclers and scrap processors.


With the registration to visit the show recently opened, we registered a significant growth not only from the Brazilian public, but also from other South American countries, confirming Waste Expo Brasil an important South American hub to spread technical content and professional services.


Businessmen from the South and Midwest of Brazil are the ones registering more so far, but we highlight the great interest through the pre-registration of many professionals from Argentina, Chile and Paraguay.

Extensive and Unique Technical Content

Every year Waste Expo Brasil prepares a wide, diverse and dynamic technical content to be offered to the International Forum attendees. This year, there will be more than 40 lectures, delivered by experts, instructors, entrepreneurs, authorities and profound connoisseurs - local and international - that will split among nine thematic panels.

In addition to the extensive content from the Forum, we will also have important sectoral associations that will properly present relevant issues to the adequate waste management, public cleaning, urban sanitation, recycling and waste-to-energy.


The Brazilian Public Cleaning and Solid Waste Association - ABLP will address with two different lectures, the well-known “SENALIMP - Public Cleaning Annual Seminar” and the “Technical Lecture for Setting up and Operate Sanitary Landfills”, both lasting three days.


INESFA and SINDINESFA, the leading associations in the country to work in behalf for the Non-Ferrous Scrap, Iron and Steel operators, will jointly promote their annual “National Scrap Seminar”.


ANAP – National Paper Recyclers Association, ABIPLAST - Brazilian Plastic Industry Association and ABREN - Waste to Energy Brazilian Association are other important associations that will also organize thematic Panels of their segments.


Save the date and get ready to discuss with experts and authorities from several areas of waste management.


We will announce shortly the technical agenda to our data base and the website

Automotive Recycling

Automotive recycling has advanced in Brazil but is far from ideal. Although the country has doubled the recycling volume of old and wrecked cars in the last decade, it is reusing only 1.5% of rotting bodies and rusted parts abandoned across the country, according to SINDINESFA - Iron and Steel Scrap Processors Association. It is a negligible fraction and the lowest among the most developed economies.


In Argentina, Japan and the United States, for example, the recycling rate ranges from 80% to 95%. In Denmark, Sweden and Norway, it is 100%.

Indian Government, through its Ministry of Environment, is focused to set up an ambitious plan;

a network of 20 automotive recycling centers across the country in the next three years, estimating that there will be more than 21 million end-of-life cars by 2025.


Brazil has 35 million cars in circulation, with more than half approaching retirement with 15 years of use. The gradual increase of the old national fleet recommends urgent measures as to the proper destination and remediation of the damage caused. Automotive scrap does not only suggest financial benefits but provides environmental protection. Proper car disassembly and adequate parts disposal reduce the risk of eminent soil and water contamination.


Guidelines and official regulations for disassembly and the use of recycled spare parts would be a fuel for the national economy. Discreetly, some initiatives are beginning to emerge in this sense, where certain insurers, for example, already offer cheaper policies, provided they use remanufactured or reused parts from companies registered in the National Traffic System from The National Traffic Department. Besides the financial incentive, it is an opportunity for second-life use, reuse, reduce and recycle, improving the quality of life, generating income and jobs.

Is Styrofoam Recyclable?

Most people believe that Styrofoam is a toxic and non-recyclable material, which is just a myth. EPS, or Styrofoam, is produced from 2% of a petroleum-derived polymer and 98% of air, being part of plastics family.

The major challenges of Styrofoam recycling lie in the incorrect manner of disposal, the difficulty of transportation and the few collection sites. According to data from the Institute of Economic and Applied Research, only 18% of Brazilian municipalities have selective collection and, consequently, incorrect disposal makes reuse impossible.


Styrofoam can be disposed in the red plastic bins, but the packaging must be clean. It is important to sanitize any kind of discarded material, not only Styrofoam, in this case, since many selective collections do not have employees for this type of service and dirty packaging, with food leftovers or other types of packaging fragments make recycling impossible.


Styrofoam can be recycled in three ways: mechanical recycling transforms the product into raw material for new products; Energy recycling uses polystyrene for energy recovery and chemical recycling reuses plastic to produce gases and oils.


The most common recycling process in Brazil is the mechanical mode, where Styrofoam is milled to small balls, heated and melted, resulting in a mass that can become shoe soles, paper clips, boxes and toys.

Nothing to Celebrate on the Nine-Year Anniversary of the
Brazilian National Solid Waste Policy

Nine years after the approval of the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS), Brazil was unable to meet any waste management targets. In some topics, the country even goes in the opposite direction of the stablished guidelines.


In these nine years the news are not favorable and shows a lack of control from inspection agencies, unpreparedness of public agents and, unfortunately, knowledge nonexistence and total disrespect to the environment by the citizens.

More recent data indicate that despite the country's financial crisis in recent years, waste generation in the country increased by 28% between 2010 and 2017, the national average recycling rate was practically stagnant at 3%, the country still holding 3,000 open dumps that should have been extinguished by the end of 2014, and 9% of the waste produced in Brazil is not even collected by the regular collection system, sent to open dumps, watercourses, rivers and oceans.


The reasons given by experts for the PNRS failure range from the financial shortage of municipalities to the lack of articulation between municipalities, states and the federation.


The Urban Sustainability Index (ISLU), published by the National Trade Union of Urban Cleaning Companies (Selurb) and the PwC Brasil consultancy, shows a kind gulf between the cities that charge fees for waste management and those that depend only on their own budget. Almost 80% of the municipalities that have specific garbage collection use landfills. Among the cities that do not fees for waste collection service, only 35% are in good standing.


Experts estimate that the financial loss from the lack of recycling of what goes to landfills and dumps is estimated at between R$ 8 billion and R$ 10 billion per year. Another R$ 5 billion are spent with environmental recovery measures and health treatments for problems caused by irregular waste disposal.

The Waste Disposal Around the World

Although the selective collection, reverse logistics and the adequate solid waste disposal did not happen yet in a consistently way all over Brazil, some countries are worldwide recognized for their commitment to sustainability, by increasing their recycling rates and reducing waste production in an effective way.


Germany leads the world ranking with sustainable initiatives and recycles about 64% of all its solid waste. There are specific containers for waste collection in every single city, with programmed collection. In addition, non-compliance from residents generates high penalties, from individuals to large generators.


South Korea has implemented the "3Rs": reduce, reuse and recycle. The population reuses the containers as much as possible to avoid discarding it, since there is a payable tax based on the waste discarded and collected.

The goal adopted by Austria is to recycle 50% of all household waste by 2020. The country has the assistance and the commitment of the population that suggests solutions to improve recycling.


In Sweden, waste management is a national priority. Proof of this is their waste recycling system, so efficient that imports solid waste from other European countries to either treat that in their recycling plants or to generate energy for the local industry. Another example that impresses is the Envac system, where municipalities provide dumps connected to a network of underground pipes that direct the waste to a selective collection area, avoiding collecting vehicles traffic and unnecessary Co2 emission.


In Japan, there are national and regional laws that encourage selective collection and recycling, as well as investment in technologies to recycle solid waste. There are recycling factories for home appliances in almost every city that disassemble WEEE piece by piece. PET bottles are made from recycled resins, which means a 90% reduction in the use of new plastics.


The US city of San Francisco set a goal in 1989 to zero landfills by 2020. It was the first city in the country to ban the distribution of plastic bags in commerce, and the precursor to implement programs and recycling and composting incentives. In the early 1990s, residents of San Francisco who made composting would have discounts in the municipal garbage tax.


Contrary to so many successful examples, countries in Latin America and Africa still face barriers in the management of urban waste in a conscious and effective way. Most countries in these continents move horizontally to recycling and with waste-to-energy, but remain with high rates of generation and inadequate disposal.

Waste Expo Brasil 2019 is just around the corner!

The Waste Expo Brasil 2019 and Forum are considered the most significant and complete events in the country solely dedicated to the urban solid waste management, public cleaning, recycling, scrap treatment and waste to energy.

Global and important manufacturers of machinery, equipment and vehicles will exhibit their products, technologies and solutions in the show.


Who visits Waste Expo Brasil? Solid waste and biomass generators, recyclers, public cleaning operators and dealers, scrap processors, regulation agencies, public administrators and engineers, from all over Brazil and several other countries, will find what is currently available in the global market.


The extensive and dynamic technical content is an attraction apart, with a duration of three days and in parallel to the show through “Waste Expo Brasil Forum”, will have sector panels of important entities:


ABIPLAST - Brazilian Association of the Plastic Industry

ABLP - Brazilian Association of Solid Waste and Public Cleaning

ABREN - Brazilian Association for Waste to Energy

ANAP - National Association of Paper Recyclers

INESFA - National Non-Ferrous Iron and Steel Scrap Institute


ABLP, the main technical entity of the sector, will also carry out the SENALIMP - National Seminar on Public Cleaning, which is recognized as the most important sector event promoted in the country, and the Technical Course for the Implantation and Operation of Landfills.


Do not miss out on the main industry event in the Brasil! Schedule it and get ready!

Are you going to recycle? Do it in the Right Way!

If you separate your trash but do not clean the containers before you discard them, you better stop now!


Dirty recyclable waste will not be recycled and will invariably end up in landfills. Many people separate the 4 major waste categories; paper, plastic, metals and glass, but throw them into the dumpsters with no clue that a "contaminated" recipient with leftover food or mixed with other non-recyclable material will make recycling unfeasible. In this case, the person who made the separation just wasted his time because the material will most likely end up in a landfill.

Who has not seen a smoker using an aluminum can as an ashtray? Or someone, who plays with a bottle of water, takes out its label and throws it inside? Unbelievable, but the cigarette butt, in the case of the can and the paper label in the case of the bottle of glass or PET makes it impossible to recycle. Uncleaned yogurt pots? They will also not be recycled. Fast food wrapping-box with ketchup drops or a glass jar with a little bit of tomato extract? No way!


Do you want to recycle? Do it the right way! Without wasting water, but with a conscious way, take the excess food out of the container before throwing it out.


Coffee cups: Most cups cannot be recycled, at least not currently. This is mainly due to the plastic coating around the paper cup, which is difficult to break.


Plastic Packaging: While it is tempting to throw away your stained box of non-rinsed gravy or that yogurt pot with strawberry debris, the residue may leak into other materials in the bin. So, apart from discarding wrong, you will contaminate the trash from those who disposed off properly. Always wash your plastics before putting them in the bin.


Toothpaste and toothbrushes: Toothpaste tubes are composed of a plastic component, making them difficult to break. The toothbrush itself is plastic and is difficult to recycle. Switching to a bamboo toothbrush means that less disposable plastic goes to the floor.

Ireland Leads WEEE Recycling

The quantity of e-waste produced globally has being growing every year and it is for a long time a major threat for the environment. According to data released by the United Nations (UN), in 2016, 44.7 million metric tons of electronic waste were generated globally, representing an increase of 8% compared to 2014. The grow production estimative is 4% each year, reaching 52.2 million metric tons by 2021 alone.


Some nations have already implemented public policies to increase the recycling of these types of materials. Europe accounted for 12.5 million metric tons of e-waste produced in 2016 and recycled 35% of that total. The United States produced 6.2 million metric tons and recycled 25% of that amount. Also, in 2016 Brazil produced 1.5 million tons and reused only 4% of that.


The Brazilian short recycling rates of electronics is mainly due to the lack of population awareness, as well as the absence of public policies by not encouraging the selective collection and implementing eco-collecting points, and, the excessive delay in putting into practice the sectoral reverse logistics, promulgated in 2010 and in force since August 2014 in the National Solid Waste Policy.


The country that most recycles e-waste nowadays is Ireland, with 36,131 tons of electronics and 856 tons of batteries recycled in 2018.


Among the most recycled items in that country are 3.2 million lamps, 195,000 televisions and monitors and 13 million portable electronic units. Large appliances, such as washing machines, got 48% of all electronic scrap.


As a result, recycling of electronics in Ireland has reached the equivalent of 10.2 kg of electronic material per citizen, and is again the best index in Europe, says Leo Donovan, CEO of Ireland WEEE. He adds that it is "incredible" to see 83% of the material collected back into the production chain.

The World's Largest Garbage Mountain

is in India and will Exceeds the Taj Mahal by 2020

A landfill near New Delhi has already passed 65 meters high and can surpass one of the main tourist sights of the country, the Taj Mahal, built in 1633 and considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The work is the main tourist spot of India and one of the highest, at 73 meters high.


But it appears that the monument will be surpassed next year by a mountain of junk that will not stop growing around New Delhi, the capital of India. The landfill of Ghazipur (which has no landfill at all) currently has about 65 meters and does not stop receiving between 2,000 and 2,500 tons of waste every day.


Called 'Mount Everest' by the region's residents, the Indian garbage mountain is so large that it should soon receive aviation signaling lights, such as those on the tops of large city buildings. By next year, it is expected to reach 73 meters high and overtake the giant and iconic Indian mausoleum.

Latest News about Brazilian Marine Pollution

Plastic materials and cigarette butts represent more than 90% of the waste found in the Brazilian marine environment. The residues corresponded to 52.4% and 40.4%, respectively, of the number of objects collected in the coast of Santos city, in São Paulo State.


International data shows that, plastic containers are also the most common polluting trash found in marine environments (45.5%), followed by cigarette butts and filters (28%).


A recently released study also shows that the areas of irregular occupation, drainage systems and beachfront areas are the main sources of garbage dump into the sea.


In Brazil, there are 274 coastal municipalities that can contribute with marine pollution, through garbage discarded inappropriately on streets, left in no-controlled dumps and even in preservation areas.



Brazilian Federal Government launches the “Zero Waste Program”

The Brazilian Federal Government recently published a new Law from the Ministry of the Environment, which approves a nationwide “Zero Waste Program”, strengthening an integrated management and focusing on separation, recycling, reverse logistics, energy recovery and environmentally adequate destination.


Since 2010, the Municipalities National Confederation (CNM) is asking the Federal Government for solid programs to provide financial and technical support. In order to comply with the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS), the Union and the states, as well as the private sector, must become protagonists in the implementation of the law.



The National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS) assigned obligations to the Union, the States, the Municipalities, the industry sectors and society itself. After almost nine years, the legislation required the implementation of solid waste management and management plans, selective collection, composting, recycling and final disposal in waste landfills only. However, any of the 5,530 municipalities were able to meet 100%.


Eliminating landfills is still one of the biggest challenges for public power. For this reason, the CNM praises the initiative of the Ministry of the Environment to launch the Zero Waste Program. Although, CNM awaits the Ministry to understand how the Municipalities will receive technical and financial support to close the dumps and landfills in 2019. CNM's concern is with municipal’s consortium support, which is expected to come into force by 2020.


Source: Professor Resíduo

Six Months To Go for Waste Expo Brasil: The main and most significant commercial event in the country solely focused on Integrated Solid Waste Management.

With a little bit more than six months to go, Waste Expo Brasil has shown a great interest from new companies, both national and foreigners, which is already resulting in a much larger exhibition area than the last edition, with greater diversification of equipment, more machines and technologies that will be available for the visitors.


The renewal of the economy, the new market outlook, the consumption growth, consequently, the waste generation increase, are encouraging companies to invest in publicity and to show off their services and products.

Another determining factor for Waste Expo Brasil growth was the partnerships with active and respected nationwide associations and class entities, since they are moving their seminars into the event, making the technical content more robust and horizontal.


Waste Expo Brasil 2019 is considered the most significant and complete commercial event in the country, exclusively dedicated to solid waste management, recycling, scrap treatment and Waste-to-Energy.


The visitors are qualified and, being in most part, public and private managers with decision power. Large solid waste generators, public and biomass cleanup operators and dealers, scrap recyclers and processors, federal agencies and regulators, buyers and engineers from all over the country are scheduled to visit Waste Expo Brasil to look for news, trends and opportunities.


The content of the Waste Expo Brasil International Forum is a full, great and separate attraction. Through 15 Thematic Panels, the Forum will bring updated and even unpublished information on different subjects. This year, the novelty is due to the Curatorship of class associations throughout the country, which, together, will offer to the public exclusive information to be unveiled during the event.


"Incontestably the best place today to do business and find relevant and well-known people in the industry. We can find anything here, what is modern and related to solid waste management, from A to Z ". Dr. João Gianesi, President of ABLP - Brazilian Association of Solid Waste and Public Cleaning.

International Recycling Day

RECYCLING - The act or effect of recovering the useful part of the waste and reintroducing it into the production cycle from where it came.


Each year we produce billions of tons of waste that can be processed, recycled and reused. At some point there will be shortages of natural resources, and so we must rethink what we throw away as rubbish.


Recycling (whether industrial or household) saves more CO2 emissions each year than those generated by the entire aviation industry, while simultaneously protecting the earth’s valuable natural resources.


International Recycling Day was launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and it is celebrated on May 17. It is a date to better reflect on environmental issues and consumption.



Chemical Engineer Invented a New Kind of Plastic That Biodegrades in Water

The problem of plastic pollution has been piling up for decades and finding ways to solve it has become an issue of top priority. About 300 million tons of plastic are produced around the globe every year, and half of these are single-use items that are only used once, but stay in nature for hundreds of years.


We all use plastic items in our everyday life, and now it’s probably impossible to imagine life without them. However, conventional plastic is not eco-friendly and when thrown away it can stay in nature for decades and even centuries posing a threat for both animals and people.


According to experts, the average time to biodegrade is 50 years for plastic cups, 200 years for straws, and 450 years for plastic bottles.


Sharon Barak, a chemical engineer from Israel, quit a plastic manufacturing company where she used to work to help the world fight pollution.


Sharon and her team spent a lot of time mixing a lot of different components, until they finally found the right formula. The “fake” plastic Sharon invented consists of 100% eco-friendly materials that easily dissolve in water and become part of nature.


The product is so safe and natural, that you can even drink its water solution. If a bag made of this product accidentally gets into the ocean, it will become part of it in just a few minutes, posing no threat to sea animals, unlike an ordinary plastic bag.


Additionally, this invention doesn’t need to be recycled. When you finish using the item made with the new compost you can simply throw it down the drain.



Brazil does not sign the Global Agreement to deal with plastic waste

Brazil decided not to be part of the international agreement to limit the world volume of plastic waste, which, however, was signed by another 187 nations. Like the United States, Brazil opposed the initiative set by United Nations during a two-week conference on dangerous products, held in Geneva, Switzerland.


Because the plastic waste is poorly managed by several nations, much of the plastic garbage will stop every year in the seas, impacting the marine biodiversity. It is estimated that by 2050 the volume of plastic should exceed the quantity of fish in the world's waters.


The initiative proposed by the UN aims to reduce from 2020 the amount of waste plastics difficult to recycle sent to poor nations. This means that countries exporting products in plastic packaging will need the consent from the importing countries when it comes to contaminated, mixed or non-recyclable plastic garbage - which is not the case nowadays.

Brazil is the 4th largest plastic producer in the planet, but recycles only 1.28% of this total. A well below mark of the global plastic recycling average, of 9%.


According to a UN statement, the measure should make global trade in plastic waste "more transparent and better regulated" and at the same time ensure that the process is "safer for human health and the environment."


China was the world's largest importer of plastic scrap until 2018, when stopped accepting this trade, leaving thousands of tons of plastic waste in limbo. This deciscion has led to a series of similar laws in other Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam and Malaysia, which were overwhelmed with the waste after China's ban.



The future of the Water Sanitation in Brazil

The Provisional Measure 868, which amends the Brazilian Legal Framework for Sanitation, that sets guidelines for the implementation of new basic sanitation law in the cities is moving fast in Congress.


Besides government, businessmen and multinationals who work with sanitation are proponents of the new rules and argue that the state is not giving the necessary investments.


Greater openness to private capital may, according to critics, lead to higher rates for the population, since private companies do not enjoy the same privileges as public companies when making a loan and do not have to fulfill a certain social function.


How sanitation works today in Brazil:


The implementation of basic sanitation in the country is governed by Law 11,445 of 2007. The Article II establishes that sanitation is the set of operational services for drinking water supply:

  1. Sanitary sewage, involving collection, transportation, treatment and final disposal in the environment;
  2. Urban cleaning and solid waste management;
  3. Drainage and management of urban rainwater.


The responsibilities of the Basic Sanitation service are of the municipalities, and these have three possibilities to manage these activities:


  1. Direct public administration, when the municipality is in charge of providing sanitation services;
  2. Program contracts, an instrument used by the municipality to contract state-owned companies to carry out the sanitation service;
  3. Bidding for contracting private companies.


There is no doubt that privatizations generate better, more agile and competent services. Like the Brazilian highways already privatized, there will also be no questioning if tariffs increase reasonably, provided that the users of the services obtain quality services.


However, experts caution that smaller cities may not be adequately served because they are not economically attractive, and it will be incumbent upon the National Congress to include legal provisions to protect small municipalities.


Either way, improvements are in sight.



Project START UP Waste Management

Waste Expo Brasil opens space for emerging companies whose objective is to develop or improve business models focused on solid waste management, recycling and waste treatment.


Companies stablished in January 2016 and after, that still under development, have exclusive commercial conditions at Waste Expo Brasil to exhibit their project in the main trade show of the country focused on solid waste management.


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Collecting Great Partnerships

Waste Expo Brasil pursues the proposal for connecting the productive chain in all different segments in Solid Waste Management, connecting at the same time and in the same place, solid waste generators, public cleaning and biomass operators and concessionaires, recyclers, federal agencies and regulatory bureaus, public administrators, engineers and environmentalists.


Class associations have a fundamental role in this initiative, since it is through the associations that companies and entrepreneurs organize and train themselves.

The ABLP: Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Brazilian Association, INESFA: Non-Ferrous, Iron and Steel Scrap National Institute and SINDINESFA: Processors of Iron, Steel and Scrap Union, renew the partnership with Waste Expo Brasil and will attend the trade show and the International Forum with their specific Thematic Panels.


ABLP has been training professionals with technical quality for almost half a century, helping companies in the industry and public managers throughout the country identify opportunities and comply with industry regulations.


INESFA and SINDINESFA represent and defend with greatness and attention the interests of metal scrap processors.


Stay tune for the contents of the Thematic Panels that the ABLP, INESFA and SINDINESFA will promote.

Organic Waste: Problem or Part of the Solution?

Brazil produces about 37 million tons of organic waste annually with economic potential to turn this in to fuel gas, energy and fertilizer. However, only 1% of what is discarded is reused in some way.


Untreated organic waste will end in landfills or at some open dumps, generating methane gas (CH4) during its decomposition, which is highly flammable, harmful to humans, and dangerous to the environment by directly reaching the ozone layer.


One of the most traditional recovering process is by composting, where fungus and bacteria turn the solid waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer.


The president of AMLURB, municipal department responsible for waste management and public cleaning in São Paulo city, Mr. Edson Tomaz, says that the city's plan is to increase composting capacity, from 5 to 11 treatment plants by the end of 2019.


Private initiatives are also being engaged to bring a new outlook to organic waste treatment. Entrepreneurs Leandro Toledano from Homebiogás, Camilo Terranova from Impacto Energia and Eduardo Prates from Eco Circuito met each other recently for sharing the same business motivation, which is to market solutions to treat organic waste.


These three entrepreneurs tracked success cases from other countries that could be used in Brazil. Today, Toledano, Terranova and Prates import composting equipment, with different technologies and for varied applications, capable of transforming organic waste from an industrial kitchen into a fertilizer in a few hours or generating fuel gas from the remains of a small family single meal.


Get to know better these 3 technologies already available in Brazil:


Eco Circuito:


Impacto Energia:

Automotive Industry to Use Recycled Aluminum Very Soon!

A UK-Dutch research partnership is trying to develop ‘high-strength’ aluminum alloys produced from 100% recycled metals.


The Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology in the UK has established a special project aimed at boosting recycled aluminum content in the automotive sector. Specifically, researchers are investigating how to enhance the performance of recycled aluminum alloys in lightweight vehicles.


The UK specialists have joined forces with aluminum products manufacturer Constellium, based in the Netherlands. Together, the R&D crew hopes to find a way to create ‘a new generation’ of automotive grade alloys sourced entirely from recycled metals.


Aluminum alloys are known for their incredible low density, high strength, and high corrosion resistance, remarks Professor Zhongyun Fan, who leads the project. These benefits have seen aluminum’s popularity sky-rocket in the transport industry in recent years.

He estimates that over one billion tons of aluminum has been produced since the early 1900s. However, aluminum production consumes 3.5% of the world’s electricity supply, while producing 1% of global carbon dioxide emissions.


Professor Fan says the Strain Enhanced Precipitation (STEP) project will develop alloys with “ultra-high strength”, meaning they are twice as strong as existing aluminum alloys. Also, the recycled alloys will have significantly improved ductility as well as high crashworthiness and high thermal conductivity.


SOURCE: Recycling International Magazine



Brazil will receive the first power generation station through undesirable residues.

Waste and sewage will be the raw material for a biogas generation plant in Paraná State, converting these materials into electricity that will supply the county's households.


With the concession by the Environmental Institute of Paraná to the company CS BIOENERGIA, the biogas plant, when fully operational, will produce about 2.8 megawatts of electricity, supplying enough energy for two thousand homes in Paraná, or 10,000 people.


For energy production, trucks will be responsible for transporting tons of raw sewage and trash to the plant every month, in addition to biogas, biofertilizer needed for conversion.


The debris will be diverted from sewage treatment plants and landfills in the region.


According to CS Bioenergia, the estimate is 1000 m³ of sewage sludge and 300 tons of organic waste from the landfills are diverted.


Brazil implements a technology widely used and common in Europe: the production of biogas from the so-called biodigestion. There, already there are 14 thousand of these plants. 8,000 plants in Germany alone.


The Brazilian potential for biogas generation is enormous. Currently, the component has a small share in our energy matrix when compared to other energy sources.

Biofuels and biomass (such as sugarcane bagasse) account for 9% of the energy generated here.


SOURCE: Professor Residuo


Waste Expo Brasil reaffirms its position and commitment in connecting the companies and development agencies that work in favor of the environment through the correct and adequate solid waste management.


The single trade show in the country focused on the complete waste management moved to a new venue to meet the growing and promising demands of the sector. Waste Expo Brasil 2019, that had already confirmed the attendance of leading companies, will have a larger exhibition area with more stands and more exhibitors, and will take place at Expo Center Norte from November 12 to 14.


Manufacturers of machinery, vehicles, equipment, implements, integrators and specialized service providers will exhibit their catalogs to hundreds of qualified visitors, focused on finding suited solutions to their demands.


Waste generators, public cleaning companies and biomass operators, scrap recyclers and processors, federal agencies and regulators, municipal public administrators, engineers and environmentalists across the country already know that Waste Expo Brasil is a complete event , with deep high level technical content, available through its International Forum that will take place in parallel to the Fair.



Bring your company to the only large-scale trade event in the country with a focus on Integrated Solid Waste Management. More information through,  or (+5511) 2611-0800.


With 65% of the municipal waste in Germany being recycled or composted, the country serves as an inspiration to others.


Another report recently printed by OCDE - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, delivered the top recycling countries in the world.


Germany is the best waste recycler country in the world according to OECD, with an inspirational 65% of its municipal waste is either recycled or composted. A solid public education informes residents how to identify what is trash, compost, or recycling, so the bulk of the work is done by the individual household. Residents are also required to pay more for higher use of packaging which has led to an overall reduction in use and increased participation in recycling and composting measures.


South Korea is the second highest recycler of municipal solid waste. This country has invested 2% of its GDP into a Green Growth program. This investment coupled with public incentives and enforcement measures has led South Korea to achieve a 59% recycling and composting rate. They have similar programs as Germany

where the waste producer pays per volume of waste produced. This rule incentivizes the local community to create less waste and separate recycling from trash.


Slovenia and Austria are sharing the number 3 on the list of top recyclers. Both countries manage to recycle or compost 58% of municipal solid waste. Although, Slovenia has had the most rapid improvement in its waste programs. This improvement has been aided by the Zero Waste initiative. The lack of garbage incinerators here has really helped increase recycling as well. In Austria, another European Union (EU) member, the local government has really committed to the years old EU goal of increasing recycling to 50% by 2020. Austria has seen that goal and surpassed it. Recycling plastic here has become the law, and 80% of the glass used is either recycled or reused.


Other countries on the list of top recyclers all belong to the EU and include: Belgium (55%), Switzerland (51%), Sweden (50%), Netherlands (50%), Luxembourg (48%), Iceland (45%), Denmark (44%), and the United Kingdom (43%).


By converting what some consider trash into reusable items, recycling helps to reduce the demand for new resources like wood and minerals, energy use, air and water contamination. By recycling, the pollution produced from manufacturing new products is greatly reduced. In fact, this is a critical factor in cutting the emissions that lead to the greenhouse effect and global climate change. Another benefit is that increasing recycling and composting also helps to create new jobs in those industries. In the world today, where natural resources are being depleted at alarming rates, the benefits of recycling and composting cannot be overstated. The dedication of these countries is something that other governments should aspire to achieve.



SOURCE: OCDE - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD is an intergovernmental economic organization with 36 country-members, created in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.


Brazil is the 4th largest producer of plastic waste in the world, behind only the United States, China and India, but recycles only 1.28% of total recycled output. The United States, China and India recycle 34.6%, 21.9% and 5.7% respectively.

Among the largest producers of plastic waste on the planet, Brazil is the least recycled, behind countries like Yemen and Syria, and well below the world average of 9%.


According to the World Bank data, more than 2.4 million tons of plastic waste are irregularly disposed, without any type of treatment, in open dumps. Another 7.7 million tones are sent to landfills. Another downside registers that an additional 1 million tons are not even collected by the collection systems.


Plastic pollution affects the air quality, soil and water supply systems, since the material absorbs various toxins and can take up to 100 years to decompose in nature.


The barriers in Brazil for a higher recycling rate and correct disposal of garbage are numerous and go through different factors, such as the lack of structure to make large-scale selective collection and the issue of environmental education to separate garbage.


The unpublished data from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) study will be presented at the United Nations Environment Assembly, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, March 11-15.

Check some facts:

• Brazil produces 11,355,220 million tons of plastic waste per year

• Each Brazilian produce 1 kg of plastic waste per week

• Only 145,043 tons of plastic waste are recycled

• 2.4 million tons of plastic are disposed of irregularly

• 7.7 million tons are in landfills

• More than 1 million tons are not even collected in the country



SOURCE: World Wildlife Fund - WWF


Over 75% of the 10,000 liters of waste collected during a three-month-long Greenpeace clean-up project was plastic. Almost 65% of branded materials salvaged from North American shores came from the Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, and Nestlé.


Around the globe, 239 individual clean-up missions and brand audits undertaken in 42 countries on six continents helped Greenpeace create a detailed ‘waste map’ of ocean litter. This global snapshot reveals that candy wrappers were the most common item found, followed by polyethylene bottles, throw-away beverage cups, bottle caps and single-use shopping bags.


The ‘worst offenders’


Globally, the top five ‘worst polluting companies’ were identified; the Coca-Cola Company was named as the top polluter, followed by PepsiCo., Nestlé, Danone, and Mondelez International. In North America, the ‘worst offenders’ are Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and McDonald’s.


Greenpeace urges that plastic lined coffee and other beverage cups were the third most common type of plastic item found, with Tim Hortons, McDonald’s and Starbucks being the main contributors. Starbucks ranked 7th on the branded waste list.


What can be done?


Nestlé has responded to the ranking by saying that ‘the real problem’ is improper disposal of recyclables. The company argues that the ’

results ‘demonstrate a clear and pressing need for the development of proper infrastructure to manage waste effectively around the world.

The brand added that it striving to make 100% of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025. Nestlé says it is also exploring packaging solutions with its industry partners to reduce plastic usage and develop new approaches to eliminating plastic waste.


Similarly, PepsiCo comments that it wants all its packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025, and is also trying to boost recycling rates and reduce packaging.




Waste Expo Brasil team members want to express our deepest concern about the announcement for the unification of Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. These two ministries have often been on opposite sides throughout the history defending different interests.


While one of them worked to reduce forest reserves to expend livestock and agribusiness limits, the other one, was struggling for the conservation of biomes, fauna and flora. While one of them was forward to expanding the use of agrochemicals and pesticides, the other one, was working to revert environmental damage caused by mining companies, clandestine loggers, predatory hunting and fishing.


We are not in service to a political party of any kind and reiterate that Waste Expo Brasil is a technical and commercial event that seeks to disseminate sustainable practices for solid waste management and for the universalization of basic sanitation, and therefore, our only interest is for the Environment of our country and our planet.


In June, a data released by the Brazilian Environment Ministry indicated that the devastation of the Cerrado, the Brazilian savannah, was 60% more than the loss in the Amazon in the last seven years. In total, 80,000 km² of land was devastated, against 50,000 km² in the Amazon.


The states of Maranhao, Tocantins, Piaui and Bahia accounted for 62% of the total lost, and it is precisely in this region that Brazilian agribusiness expands more, reaching the new frontier of Brazilian agribusiness - mainly dedicated to the production of soybeans, palm oil and livestock raising.


Deforestation in Brazil has affected not only the lives of animals but also the supply of fresh water - which helps to explain the recurring water crises that have occurred, such as the one that has left the Southeast water supply at risk in recent years. This is because the most

affected regions, in the Cerrado and Amazônia, are precisely those that have the main sources of the Brazilian hydrographic network.


According to the goals of the United Nations Biodiversity Convention, at least 17% of each country's ecosystems would need to be in protected areas for conservation. Brazil, which has the greatest biodiversity on the planet, is far from this number. Only 8% of the Cerrado is protected. In the Pantanal, only 2% of the areas are protected.


Of course it is positive to reduce government heaviness, but each case must be analyzed within its specialties. It is desirable that public agencies be lean, agile and less bureaucratic, but when someone denies the relevance of our own history and the importance of the environment for a better future, we become more than apprehensive and restless.


It is regrettable, above all, that the fox is not the most suitable guardian to care for the chicken coop.

Brazil loses US$ 850 million per year

by not recycling its waste

The figure represents what could have been achieved with 45 million tons of recyclable waste that was sent to landfill or dumps in the last 5 years.


The slumberous public guidelines in this sector has led to a garbage volume growth sent to inadequate places in recent years. The reoccurrence of the open dumps not only generates more impact in the environment and to the population’s health, but also drives the country to slack opportunities with waste treatment, therefore, new income sources.


Brazilian Ministry of Environment and IBGE - Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics estimates that in the last five years, 45 million tons of recyclable materials have been sent to inadequate places, but could have moved more than R$ 3 billion per year (about US$ 850 million).


Since the National Solid Waste Policy was implemented and came into force in August 2014, recycling rates in the country remain practically the same year after year, despite the enormous potential with the development of new jobs, wealth generation, public health expenses drop and, of course, the environment benefit.

According to Marcio Matheus, president for the SELUR - São Paulo State Municipal Cleaning Companies Union, the economic equation does not fit in the cities’ payroll and it is just unsustainable because municipalities resist to charge the residents with some type of pollutant rate or proper tax.


According to the Sustainability Index for Urban Cleaning, published by SELUR, 61.6% of the Brazilian municipalities do not have enough income to pay for public cleaning. But, among the cities that have established specific income for waste collection, 70% process and dispose their waste in an adequate way.



Check out the Waste Expo Brasil 2018 Forum Agenda

The content of the International Waste Expo Brazil Forum is extraordinary and will be presented by renowned experts, technicians, authorities, environmentalists and businessmen of the sector, from Brazil and abroad.

During the three days of the event and nine Thematic Panels, the public will have the opportunity to discuss and know the latest news available in Brazil, the global trends and the latest solutions that have been applied in each region in the country.

The Forum takes place simultaneously at the Waste Expo Brasil Trade Show, from November 21 to 23 at the Centro de Eventos Pro Magno Events in São Paulo city, and was specially prepared to be one of the most specific technical discussions focused on Solid Waste Management, addressing important topics such as:

  • Financial and Technical Aspects for Implementation and Maintenance of a Municipal Solid Waste Plan
  • Current Challenges for Public Cleaning Management and Adequate Destination of Urban Solid Waste
  • Intelligent Solutions for Plastic Waste Management
  • The Trends, Goals, Challenges and Opportunities of Reverse Logistics in Brazil
  • Energy Generation from Urban Solid Waste
  • Biological Waste - Technologies and processes for biogas production
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Brazil for the Recycling of Automotive Waste
  • The Overview of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap in Brazil and the Outlook for the Next Year
  • Maturity in Waste Management: Leftovers Commercialization, Byproducts and Waste

Access our site now, or THROUGH THIS LINK, to access the Complete Agenda of the Forum and see the participation accreditation - super limited vacancies!


Research says that only 54% of Brazilian municipalities have
a waste plan

A national survey organized by the Ministry of the Environment points out that just over half of the Brazilian municipalities, 54.8%, have an Integrated Solid Waste Plan. According to the data, solid waste management tends to be higher in more populous municipalities, varying from 49% in cities of 5 thousand to 10 thousand inhabitants to 83% in cities with more than 500 thousand inhabitants.


The figures show that, among all five country’s regions, the highest percentages are in municipalities of the South (78.9%), Central West (58.5%) and Southeast (56.6%). Below the national average are the North (54.2%) and the Northeast (36.3%).


This information is relevant for the evaluation and monitoring of the implementation of the National Solid Waste Policy and will subsidize the reformulation of all further actions of the Ministry of the Environment to promote the solid waste management in the country.



The Law # 12,305 from 2010, which regulates the National Solid Waste Policy, establishes that each Brazilian municipality must have an integrated solid waste management plan as a condition for accessing Union founding for environmental projects.



Market data suggests paper recyclers will get more wind in their sails

The global waste paper recycling market will witness ‘healthy’ growth of 3.4% over the next five years, according to a new report by Mart Research.


The Asia Pacific region – notably China, Japan and India – is anticipated to exhibit the highest growth rate during the forecast period 2018–2025. The worldwide paper recycling industry will be worth an estimated US$ 55 billion by 2025, up from US$ 42 billion back in 2016, market analysts point out.


‘Increasing concern towards environmental protection is the major factor driving the growth of the global waste paper recycling market,’ the report states. Furthermore, government regulations have decreased the raw material supply for manufacturing leading to increased prices for virgin paper and a stronger demand for recovered fibers.

Also, the urbanization trend in tandem with higher literacy rates have increased the demand for products like newsprint, packaging, and writing paper. Another factor is that consumers now tend to prefer more sustainable packaging. This phenomenon is boosted by regulations aimed at minimizing overall plastic consumption.


SORCE: Kirstin Linnenkoper, Recycling International

Check out the Waste Expo Brasil 2018 Forum Agenda

The content of the International Waste Expo Brazil Forum is extraordinary and will be presented by renowned experts, technicians, authorities, environmentalists and businessmen of the sector, from Brazil and abroad.

During the three days of the event and nine Thematic Panels, the public will have the opportunity to discuss and know the latest news available in Brazil, the global trends and the latest solutions that have been applied in each region in the country.

The Forum takes place simultaneously at the Waste Expo Brasil Trade Show, from November 21 to 23 at the Centro de Eventos Pro Magno Events in São Paulo city, and was specially prepared to be one of the most specific technical discussions focused on Solid Waste Management, addressing important topics such as:

  • Financial and Technical Aspects for Implementation and Maintenance of a Municipal Solid Waste Plan
  • Current Challenges for Public Cleaning Management and Adequate Destination of Urban Solid Waste
  • Intelligent Solutions for Plastic Waste Management
  • The Trends, Goals, Challenges and Opportunities of Reverse Logistics in Brazil
  • Energy Generation from Urban Solid Waste
  • Biological Waste - Technologies and processes for biogas production
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Brazil for the Recycling of Automotive Waste
  • The Overview of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap in Brazil and the Outlook for the Next Year
  • Maturity in Waste Management: Leftovers Commercialization, Byproducts and Waste

Access our site now, or THROUGH THIS LINK, to access the Complete Agenda of the Forum and see the participation accreditation - super limited vacancies!

The UN says that one-third of Latin American and Caribbean waste ends up in dumps or inadequate places

Every day 145,000 tons of garbage are incorrectly disposed (the amount is generated by 27% of the Latin American and Caribbean population or 170 million people). The data was recently released in the "Perspective on Waste Management in Latin America and the Caribbean" published by the United Nations Secretariat for the Environment.

According to an analysis of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which encourages countries to cease their dumps, one-third of all urban waste generated in Latin America and the Caribbean still ends up in landfills or in the environment, contaminating the soil, water, air, affecting the health of the people living in its surroundings, generating greenhouse gases and threatening biodiversity.

The nations of Latin America and the Caribbean have advanced in the waste collection, which already covers about 90% of the population. But daily, about 35,000 tons of garbage are not collected, a problem that especially affects poor areas and rural communities, impacting the lives of more than 40 million people.

The region also faces the challenge of achieving a circular economy: only 10% of the waste is recycled through recycling or other material recovery techniques, according to the report.

The organization's research shows that waste generation in the region is continuously growing and will increase by at least 25% by 2050. According to the document, improving waste management is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals agreed in 2015 by several world leaders.

"A genuine sustainable development agenda should include proper waste management. The environmental, social and economic benefits associated with this sector are substantial ranging from reducing greenhouse gases and saving raw materials to improve energy matrix in those countries, creating jobs and increasing investment", says Leo Heileman, UN Environment regional director.



The United Nations report also highlights that organic waste accounts for an average of 50% of the waste generated in Latin American and the Caribbean countries. The lack of specific treatment for such waste leads to the unjustified release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, such as methane, and the production of leachate. This problem also diminishes the quality of recyclable materials, and to avoid this issue, the UN Environment Program recommends promoting the separation of organic waste at source and encouraging composting.

The research indicates that about 90% of the collected waste is sent to disposal sites, either in landfills or dumps, what means that they are not reused or recycled. The UN Environment Program calls on the region to abandon this unsustainable scheme. The Organization argues that waste should be treated as valuable resources and not as an environmental problem. Garbage can become a secondary raw material or alternative source of energy to replace fossil fuels.

To guide governments in their management policies, the publication recalls successful experiences in the region, such as a program in Mexico that promotes the recycling of mobile phones; the selective collection in the municipality of Alvarado, Costa Rica; the ban on plastic bags in Antigua and Barbuda; and the system of exchange of recyclable garbage for food vouchers, developed in Curitiba, Brazil, for more than two decades.



The state of São Paulo will punish companies without a Reverse Logistics plan, associating the environmental licensing to the company's reverse logistics plan

The rules that punish companies installed in the state and that have not presented a waste disposal plan resulting from their products, the so-called reverse logistics, began to be valid in São Paulo Estate, the country's financial, industrial and commercial locomotive.

The measure is part of the National Solid Waste Plan (PNRS), from 2014 and regulated by state law of 2015, and by resolution of the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo (CETESB). Among the penalties, the Environment Agency shall not issue the environmental license, forcing the company’s operations to shut down.

CETESB's decision includes several sectors, such as car lubricants, automotive batteries, portable batteries, fluorescent lamps, tires, pesticides, paints, comestible oils, food products, beverages, toiletries, perfumery and cosmetics, cleaning products, consumer electronics products, household medicines, among others.

The Environment Plan will be initially required for companies with facilities above 10 thousand square meters, and by 2019, for companies that have area above 1 thousand square meters. The Plan will have to be presented when companies apply for a new or a renewal environmental license. By


the year 2021 all companies in the state should fit the new determination, which is implementing the PNRS, Law 12,305 from 2010 that came into force in August 2014.

São Paulo is the first state in the country to establish norms that associate the reverse logistics plan with environmental licensing, and that should certainly serve as a parameter for other states soon.





The largest plastic waste producers in the world, by GREENPEACE

A recently released Greenpeace report shows that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé are the companies that most contribute to the pollution with plastics in the world. To reach the result, the environmental group and the Break Free From Plastic movement analyzed 187,000 pieces of plastic collected in 239 actions in 42 countries. The goal was to get an idea of how big corporations contribute to the pollution problem.

The pieces analyzed contained packages from thousands of companies. According to the study, packs of Coca-Cola, Pepsico and Nestlé were the ones that appeared most frequently - they are responsible for 14% of the total found. The Coca-Cola brand, the world's largest soft drink maker, was found in plastic chunks in 40 out of the 42 countries surveyed. Danone, Mondelez, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Mars and Colgate were also quoted in the report.


In general, polystyrene, which is not recyclable at most sites, was the most common type of plastic found, followed by PET, material used in bottles, containers and other packaging. "These audits provide undeniable proof of the role corporations play in perpetuating the global plastics pollution crisis," said Von Hernandez, global coordinator of Break Free From Plastic, which brings together 1,300 organizations from around the world collecting, reduction and containment plastic in the world.


In North and South America, the brands Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé were the main polluters identified, responsible for 64% and 70% of all brand plastic pollution, respectively. In Brazil, where a collection was made, the ten brands found were: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Danone, Mondelez, Univeler, Hershey, Ferrero and Kraft-Heinz.


SOURCE: Revista Época



A Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus apresentará um “Supercaminhão” durante a Waste Expo Brasil 2018

Um Supercaminhão destinado à coleta de resíduos sólidos urbanos, versão customizada do VW Constellation 17.260 8×2, conhecido como Super Brutus Centopeia, e, desenvolvido em parceria com o Grupo Solví será apresentado aos visitantes da Waste Expo Brasil.

Com nova caixa compactadora de 19 m³ de alta capacid¬¬ade, o novo caminhão permite maior disponibilidade, aumento da carga útil, durabilidade do equipamento e também otimização na operação.

“O veículo tem tudo que há de mais moderno em termos de chassis, suspensão, manutenção, consumo, distribuição de carga, balança embarcada, computador de bordo e outros itens para revolucionar o mercado de coleta”, afirma Luiz Fernando Lopes, gerente de Suprimentos e Equipamentos do Grupo Solví, que também terá um estande garantido na exposição Waste Expo Brasil.


A Caterpillar é a marca mais admirada em seu segmento em todo o mundo

Recente pesquisa da Revista norte americana Forbes aponta que a CAT permanece não apenas a líder global em tamanho, escopo e alcance. A Caterpillar foi também eleita a empresa mais admirada nos segmentos em que atua. Já no Brasil, a Caterpillar, que é representada no Sudeste, Centro-Oeste, Norte e Nordeste pela empresa SOTREQ, alcançou o título inédito de única empresa do país a estar entre as cinco melhores empresas para trabalhar por 10 anos consecutivos.

A Caterpillar e a Sotreq vão estar presentes na Waste Expo Brasil, expondo dois equipamentos campeões de venda, o Trator de Esteiras D6T e a Carregadeira de Rodas SEM 618B/QC.

Waste Expo Brasil receives the United Nations Program for

Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) great support.

To inspire a better urban future, UN-Habitat hosts and supports several events around the world each October. The campaign is globally titled "Urban October" because World Habitat Day is always celebrated on the first Monday of this month.


To commemorate this date, the UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean will promote the 2018 Urban Circuit in September, October and November and, to address relevant issues to cities and municipal managers, the UN-Habitat always chooses a different subject for its campaigns. This year theme of the campaign will be " Solid Waste Municipal Management", and Waste Expo Brasil was chosen the Commercial and Technical Event in the country to present relevant information to the public.


Sign up through our website - and take part in this great event!



In an extremely honorable way, Waste Expo Brasil join the UN-Habitat Urban Circuit, aiming to broaden the discussions and to promote adequate and sustainable practices for the correct solid waste management during the show.

The United States collected 4,000 tonnes of batteries in 2017

A total of 4,000 tons of batteries were collected for recycling last year across the country, according to North America's leading battery recycling program called Call2Recycle.

According to this company, the state that had the best recycling rates was Vermont. Even though the states’ population represents only 0.2% of the entire residents of the USA, the battery recycling surpassed 880% more than the expected!


Call2Recycle CEO, Mr. Carl Smith, says “the intense involvement of the population was possible due to the fact Vermont was the first State to develop a specific reverse logistics plan for this product, sponsored by the batteries’ manufacturers.


The biggest risk is the rechargeable ion and lithium batteries found in many of today's portable devices, such as cell phones, notebooks, tablets and power tools.


Call2Recycle has being collected and recycled batteries for 21 years and has already prevented approximately 59 million pounds of batteries from ending in landfills.



Forum Waste Expo Brasil 2018 will have a

diversified technical agenda through its nine Thematic Panels

The Waste Expo Brasil Forum is gathering professionals, technicians, public managers, renowned professors and entrepreneurs from all over the country to discuss and present news and trends on relevant issues involving "Integrated Solid Waste Management".


The Forum will take place at the same venue as the Waste Expo Brasil trade show, from November 21st to 23rd, in São Paulo. The Forum has limited seats and all those who join will receive the "Certificate of Participation".

The Thematic Panels are:


  • "Financial and Technical Aspects for Implantation and Maintenance of a Municipal Solid Waste Plan"
  • "Current Challenges for the Management of Public Cleaning and Adequate Destination of Urban Solid Waste"
  • "Smart Solutions for Plastic Waste Management and Marine Waste"
  • "The Trends, Goals, Challenges and Opportunities of Reverse Logistics in Brazil"
  • "The Energy Generation through Urban Solid Waste, Waste-to-Energy"
  • "Biological waste - Technologies and processes for biogas production"
  • "Opportunities and Challenges for Automotive Recycling"
  • "The Overview of Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap in Brazil and the Prospects for the Next Years"
  • "Maturity in Waste Management: Commercialization of Remains, By-products and Waste"


Forum Registration can be made directly on the event's website -, or by clicking on this LINK.


Open Dumps, Authority Dismissals, and Unawareness Persists

Open Dump, Belém  - Brazil - Eduardo Anizelli

The number of Brazilian municipalities that still using open dumps had increased, without any planning or measures to protect the environment and public health. Unhealthy places where food leftovers are mixed with scraps from construction, demolition and contaminated surgical materials, showing total disrespect to Environmental Laws and to the Brazilian Solid Waste Policy (BSWP).

A complete disregard for a large part of city halls, their managers and the public prosecutors, as well as absolute ignorance of our population towards the environment and future generations. The low offer of selective collection places and the total absence of an environmental education contribute negatively to the lack of awareness of the residents.


A recent study shows that in one year the selective collection walked sideways in the country. In 2016, 1,692 cities did not even have an initiative for waste separation and selection, and in 2017 the number of municipalities that had a selective collection system dropped to 1,647.


In the other hand, the amount of waste sent to dumps or to inadequate areas had an increase for the second consecutive year. In 2017, some 12.9 million tons of urban waste were sent to dumps without any type of preparation, an increase of 4.2% over the volume recorded in 2016.


The absence of technical resources contributes directly to the municipalities not complying with the severe environmental laws and, mainly, the Federal Law 12,305 from 2010, that regulates the BSWP, but it is precisely the funds insufficiency in the majority of the Brazilian municipalities, that, almost 50% of municipal mayors across the country still using dumps, even though, they are fully aware that the inadequate disposal of garbage has been banned since 1981 and has been transformed into an environmental federal crime since 1998.


Source: Ministry of Environment



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



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

falls down.



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.


SOURCE: Ivo Ribeiro / Valor

Plastic Packaging


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



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.


  • On November 21st, ABRELPE - Brazilian Public Cleaning and Solid Waste Association will organize the "ABRELPE’s Workshop: Circular Economy in Solid Waste Management". ABRELPE is the most important and renewed entity of waste management sector in the country, and through its members, represents about 70% of all solid waste collection, transportation, treatment and destination in Brazil. The entity also publishes the "Brazilian Solid Waste Panorama", which is the most important source of information on the sector.


  • On November 22nd, the association GAIA - Interdisciplinary Apprenticeship to Learning Group will organize a seminar dedicated to instructing and train
  • waste pickers national cooperatives, recyclers and mechanized sorting plants. GAIA is a non-profit organization active all over the country. Through GAIA, hundreds of garbage collectors' cooperatives have been able to organize and refine their work, modernize their facilities and empower associations.


  • On November 23rd, ANAP – Paper and Cardboard National Recyclers Association will organize a specific workshop for one of the most important segments in the entire waste chain. ANAP will organize a workshop with an extensive reflection on how the paper and cardboard recycling process is developed in its various stages, analyzing the market and carrying out the industry perspective for the upcoming years.


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.

Good News!


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!


Jesus Gomes

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!



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