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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:
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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
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.
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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:
Forum Registration can be made directly on the event's website - www.wasteexpo.com.br, 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 www.wasteexpo.com.br.
Brazil recycled 280,000 tons of aluminum cans in 2016 and the Environment is grateful
The Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) and the Brazilian Association of Aluminum Can Manufacturers (ABRALATAS) announced the country recycled 280,000 tons of aluminum beverage cans, out of the 286,600 tons produced in 2016. The recycling aluminum cans rate for beverages reached 97.7%, keeping Brazil among the world top leaders since 2001.
According to the coordinator for the ABAL Recycling Market Committee, Mario Fernandez, this is a progressively representative segment for the industry, society and the environment. "The aluminum can for beverages, whose consumption reached 110 units per person in 2016, represents almost 50% of the recovered aluminum scrap volume in the year."
In 2016, the aluminum beverage cans after consumption market was responsible for R$ 947 million into the national economy, contributing to the generation of income and jobs for thousands of waste pickers.
For Mr. Renault Castro, chief executive of ABRALATAS, the stability of the index, close to 100% in the last 10 years, confirms the success of the can recycling model and points out an important competitive differential of the packaging over its competitors. "In times of global warming, when you are looking for a low-carbon economy, this is a big advantage."
A Report prepared by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), an international sustainability consultancy, has confirmed that aluminum can is the most recycled beverage packaging in the world.
The study was carried out at the request of canneries' associations in the United States (CMI), in Europe (BCME) and in Brazil (ABRALATAS) and found a global recycling rate of 69% of marketed cans, against 43% of PET and 46% of the glass.
The study recorded packaging recycling rates in Brazil (98%), Poland (79%), Japan (77%), Italy (72%) and the United States (55%).
The Environment truly appreciates!
FONTE: Jornal O NORTÃO, Publicada em 28/10/2017.
Where 1.1 billion plastic bottles produced by Coca-Cola last year are?
3,400 plastic bottles per second. This impressive figure was estimated by the Greenpeace organization on the number of PETs bottles manufactured in 2016 by the multinational soft drink giant Coca-Cola. The company reported that the production grew last year, delivering 110 billion bottles to the market, an increase of 1 billion units compared to the previous year.
However, only a small fraction of these bottles are recycled. Reports indicate that less than 50% of the world production had proper destination, such as recycling centers, and only 7% were transformed into new bottles.
The figures above are part of a new campaign led by Greenpeace UK, which has launched a petition to pressure Coca-Cola to spot itself more sustainably and responsibly towards the environment. The UK local initiative now became a global action.
The organization accuses the multinational of being choking the oceans with their plastic bottles. As the world's largest soft drink maker, Coca-Cola needs to act now!
The impact of plastic bottles
It is estimated that one million plastic bottles are sold per minute on the planet, something around 20 thousand every second.
A survey released by the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that 480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016, and it should grow another 20% by 2021, reaching 583 billion units. The data are from the Global Packaging Trends Report of Euromonitor International.
Experts say the environmental impact of plastic waste on the planet, especially in the oceans, is likely to be worse than climate change.
Plastic has emerged as one of humankind's greatest inventions. Lightweight, practical and inexpensive, it serves as packaging for everything. And with that, its production has made huge leaps over the last decades. In 1964, they were 15 million tons manufactured. By 2015, this number jumped to 322 million tons.
Although most bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a thermoplastic polymer, and perfectly recyclable, the outrageous number of units produced per second on the planet makes this task virtually impossible. It is estimated that less than half of the bottles bought last year were recycled. What's left of this huge mountain of plastic trash will stop at landfills or oceans.
Source: Portal Conexão Planeta by Suzana Camargo
Only one month left for the single trade show in Brazil exclusively focused on solid waste management, recycling, scrap treatment and waste to energy.
Waste Expo Brasil will take place from November 21st to 23rd at the Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo and will bring together the leading companies of the industry from different countries, such as Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States, and of course, many from Brazil.
Waste Expo Brasil 2017 visitors will find machinery, equipment, vehicles and the most wide-ranging services for the whole waste management chain, from collection to transportation, separation, treatment, compaction, recycling and up to final destination in controlled landfills or in waste to energy plants.
The Brazilian Federal Government will be in exhibiting in the show through the Ministry of the Environment booth, and will be presenting all the actions that has been taken to improve the solid waste management, by training and equipping municipalities, establishing treatment and separation centers, training waste pickers and by expanding industry agreements in reverse logistics and credit lines for sustainable initiatives.
GIZ, short for "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit", or "German Society for International Cooperation", will also be in the show introducing the ProteGEEr project. The project, which aims to strengthen climate protection and the non-generation of greenhouse gases through the correct management of solid urban waste, is being implemented in Brazil by the Ministry of Municipal Affair, the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil, GIZ and by the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany.
Ford Trucks will also be exhibiting its new product line for garbage collection. The Federal Service Bank for small entrepreneurs, the National Investment Bank - Caixa Econômica Federal and BNDES – National Bank for Economic and Social Development will be presenting their specific credit lines for waste management, recycling and scrap treatment.
The visitors also can participate in the debates with specialists, technicians, professors, authorities and entrepreneurs of these sectors in different Technical Panels of the International Forum. Relevant and extremely significant topics for the industry will be presented during the three days of the event, always from 13:00 to 20:00. To check the complete agenda of the debates and participation values, CLICK HERE. The entrance for the trade show is free and exclusive for professionals of the sector.
Specialists and waste management
companies want to approve the
waste fee charge while proper treatment and adequate destination
FONTE: Tulio Kruse, Especial para o Estado em 18 Outubro 2017
Just when the country faces an upsurge in the number of cities that are using non-controlled landfills and open dumps, experts are advocating for the adoption of a specific fee for public cleaning and waste management. Part of the movement, led by leaders of industry associations, are based on the research that shows that collection, recycling, and the correct disposal are much better in cities that have adopted this specific fee.
This report was shown in the latest edition of the Brazilian Urban Cleaning Sustainability Index (ISLU), which evaluates the compliance with the National Solid Waste Policy. The report was sponsored by the Union of Urban Cleaning Companies of the State of São Paulo (Selur) and published by Price Waterhouse Coopers – PwC and points out that the waste fee is related with a better performance in all aspects evaluated. The specific tax is also defended by entities such as the Brazilian Public Clean and Special Waste Association (Abrelpe) and Waste and Effluent Treatment Association (Abetre).
Number one city in the ISLU ranking, the city of Maringá, in Paraná State, launched the “waste fee” in 2008. Nowadays, the fee is charged along with Urban Territorial and Living Tax (IPTU). Just over 43% of the municipalities evaluated in the ISLU Census use specific public
cleaning and waste management fee. Among these municipalities, 70% properly disposes their waste in controlled landfills. In the other hand, where there is no specific waste fee, the proportion is the reverse: 68% uses open dumps or non-controlled landfills, without adequate prevention for soil contamination.
Most cities choose to include the tax charge in the IPTU ticket, while only 7% includes the tax amount the light or water bills, and the rest of the cities uses a specific invoice.
The research shows that when the waste charge is associated with light or water bills, usually this payment have better results. In this case, waste collection and public cleaning services reach 90% of the population, the recycled material is higher, and the overall index is better in cities that adopt other charging models.
The Regionalization of Urban Solid Waste Management is a viable alternative to ending dumps
As the public cleaning is the most expensive service on the municipal budget, behind only the payroll cost, it is necessary that public authorities adopt measures to consider its sustainability and the nonstop provision for this essential service, linked, for example, to other revenue systems.
One of the alternatives in public cleaning are the regionalization of the domestic waste treatment and collection with the involvement of the Federal Government the States.
This statement is from the Brazilian Association of Waste and Effluent Treatment Companies’ president, Dr. Carlos Fernandes. According to him, this is, in practice, the creation of municipal consortiums to collect and treat municipal waste.
The ABETRE proposal foresees that the states and the Union take part of the competence in the waste management of the municipalities where there is no financial feasibility to maintain the operation in an individualized way, especially for small cities.
"A landfill that receives up to 300 tons of waste a day makes the operation practically unfeasible from an economic point of view, since the cost would be prohibitive," says Dr. Fernandes.
In practice, treating the waste correctly is only financially feasible for municipalities with more than 300,000 inhabitants, which currently make
up only 20% of all Brazilian cities. For this reason, the states and the Union must induce, through incentives, the grip of municipalities to regional waste management programs.
Several municipalities in the country already adopt the regional waste disposal model, such as Rio Grande do Sul, Greater São Paulo and the region of Campinas.
ABETRE is an important partner of the Waste Expo Brasil 2017, and Dr. Carlos Fernandes will speak at the International Forum about "The Importance of Intermunicipal Consortia and the Construction of Regional Sanitary Landfills."
Hong Kong is close to the limit
to storage garbage
Hong Kong is approaching a serious breaking point. The growing urban center is almost without space to store the 15 thousand tons of garbage produced every day.
With a population of nearly 7.4 million people squeezed into a space of just over 1,106 square kilometers, Hong Kong qualifies as the fourth most densely populated territory in the world.
This extreme density means that Hong Kong is running out of landfills and has no extra land for its high waste production at an alarming rate.
Currently, Hong Kong has three active "landfills", but a total of 13 other garbage sites have already been filled and are now closed, sealed and turned into places such as golf courses and recreation parks.
As for the three remaining facilities, they may be jeopardized. By 2013, it was estimated that these strategic landfills would have capacity reached by 2019, which means that Hong Kong will have to find very soon alternative ways to get rid of the garbage.
"We are running out of space and in some areas people are progressively approaching landfills," says Mrs. Christine Loh Hong Kong's deputy environment secretary.
Part of the problem is Hong Kong's recycling capacity. Despite efforts to strengthen recycling, a historic shortage of large-scale recycling plants means that materials intended for reuse are processed elsewhere: in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand.
Some of the plans to get around, even partially and temporarily, include building a food processing plant to recycle discarded food, a US$ 10 billion waste incinerator that could be up to 2025 with the ability to burn up to 30% of Hong Kong's garbage production, and the incentive for non-generation and recycling.
FONT: Climatologia Geográfica
Picture of the week
California-based nature photographer, nominated for wildlife photographer of year, wishes the photo he's nominated for "didn't exist." Justin Hofman snapped the photo while snorkeling near Subawa Island, Indonesia.
More than 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year, and according to United Nations, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.
FONT: National Geographic
Photo: Justin Hofman
The Secretary of State for the Environment of Portugal, Dr. Eng. Carlos Martins, one of the most representative and important authorities of that country, confirmed his presence at Waste Expo Brasil 2017!
Dr. Carlos Martins will be representing the Portuguese Government at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Waste Expo Brasil 2017, that will take place on November 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Centro de Eventos Pro Magno in São Paulo, along with his Brazilian counterpart, the Minister of the Environment, José Sarney Filho, and other authorities already confirmed.
The Portuguese Secretary of State for the Environment will also speak on the " Portuguese Environment Model and Renewable Energies" in his address in the Environmental Awareness Panel at the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum, which takes place simultaneously with the trade show.
What will happen after the Hurricanes Season?
With hurricanes being as powerful as they are, it is not surprising that upon land touchdown they cause all kinds of damage and destruction. Once they leave, we easily find a trail of devastation demanding for reconstruction. After a hurricane, thousands of tons of all sort of products need to be replaced, fixed and recycled.
Hurricane “Harvey”, that slammed the State of Texas by the end of August, already had a major impact on recyclers due to the
substantial scrap generated from households, businesses and the marinas affected. Not mentioning the organic waste that increased reasonably as from hundreds of trees were uprooted through Harvey’s route.
Just after Harvey, the hurricane “Irma” that this time reached the west coast of Florida last Sunday was titled as “a hurricane with unprecedented intensity and extension over the Atlantic” by the USA Weather Office, left behind thousands of smashed boats, flooded vehicles, homes, buildings, bridges, furniture, electronics and home appliances that will need to be demolished and shredded, generating a massive amount of scrap.
Another relevant issue is that the reconstruction hard work requires large volumes of metal, concrete and other construction goods, commonly transported by cargo vessels. However, the supply of all kinds of materials is suffering a major logistical challenge in Texas and Florida, especially because the ships need to stay put for safety, and because all three major cargo ports in Texas were affected, as well the Port of Tampa Bay, the largest freight port in the State of Florida had suffered damages.
Nevertheless, Hurricane “Jose” is yet to come and show its strength, and after Jose, eleven other hurricanes are expected to show up before the season ends.
Behind all the tragedy and suffering on millions, recycling will at least speed up a little bit the scrap proper treatment and the reconstruction.
The Garbage Generation in Brazil dropped down
The waste generation in Brazil decreased 2.04% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to the Solid Waste Survey released on August 31 by the Brazilian Public Cleaning and Solid Waste Association - ABRELPE. Last year, 78.3 million tons of solid waste were generated, compared with 79.89 million tons in 2015.
The reduction in waste generation unfortunately has nothing to do with environmental awareness of the population, but the economic crisis that the country faced, directly affecting the consumption power of the Brazilians.
Another negative aspect attributed to the economic recession was the increase in the use of open dumps. About 81 thousand tons of garbage were improperly disposed in 2016, or 17.4% of the total waste generated, against 17.2% in 2015.
One of the few indices that did not fall and remain stable was the selective collection, when in 2015 it was present in 69.3% of municipalities, and 2016 became present in 69.6% of municipalities.
Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water
Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.
Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analyzed by scientists who shared the findings with the British Journal, “the Guardian”, on September 6th. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibers.
The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibers found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.
European nations including the UK, Germany and France had the lowest contamination rate, but this was still 72%. The average number of fibers found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe.
The new analyses indicate abundant amount of microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via contaminated seafood.
The scale of global microplastic contamination is only starting to become clear, with studies in Germany finding fibers and fragments in all the 24 beer brands they tested, as well as in honey and sugar. In Paris in 2015, researchers discovered microplastic falling from the air, which they estimated deposits three to 10 tons of fibers on the city each year, and that it was also present in the air in people’s homes.
How microplastics end up in drinking water is for now a mystery, but the atmosphere is one obvious source, with fibers shed by the everyday wear and tear of clothes and carpets. Tumble dryers are another potential source, with almost 80% of US households having dryers that usually vent to the open air.
Plastic fibers may also be flushed into water systems, with a recent study finding that each cycle of a washing machine could release 700,000 fibers into the environment. Rains could also sweep up microplastic pollution, which could explain why the household wells used in Indonesia were found to be contaminated.
Almost 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year and, and just 20% are recycled or incinerated, what means that almost everything ends up littering the air, land and sea. A report in July this year found that 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced since the 1950s, thus, its completely terrifying to learn the plastic volume not treated in the last 67 years.
Scientists say the tap water analyses raise a red flag, but more investigations are needed to find the sources of contamination and evaluate the possible health impacts.
There are no questions that plastics are very useful, but the discard management must be drastically improved.
Estre Ambiental merges an American group and will have shares on Nasdaq
The American Boulevard Acquisition Corporation and the Brazilian Estre Ambiental, the largest waste management company in Brazil and Latin America, announced on August
17th an association between the two companies, which will result in the Estre's going public at Nasdaq, with an initial funding of approximately US $ 1.1 billion.
According to the press statement, an operation assumes a multiple of 7.7 times the adjusted operating result (Ebitda) estimated for 2018.
The Estre Group assists more than 31 million people daily, in seven Brazilian states, where about 50% of the Brazilian population is concentrated. The company, which has revenues of $ 466 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $ 132 million in 2017, is specialized in collection, treatment and final disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous waste for municipal, industrial and commercial customers.
Its operations are concentrated in 13 landfills and disposes adequately six million tons of waste per year. The company will add five new landfills in its operations in the coming years, it has two waste-to-energy plants, with installed capacity of about 14 MW and potential generation of 80 MW, as well as 3 facilities for hazardous waste and health treatment waste.
SOURCE: Ivo Ribeiro / Valor
The Blue Ocean Foundation based in Lisbon launched last month the campaign "What does not end in the garbage ends at sea", and emphasized that plastic is the biggest villain of marine pollution, reaching up to 80% of all the waste in the oceans. According to the Portuguese Foundation, millions of tons of plastic reaches the sea every year, impacting marine ecosystems, killing fishes and sea mammals.
The latest figures from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) indicate that one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die annually due to plastic contamination.
On the other hand, data from the main plastic packaging industries show that the production of this type of container represents, only between the years 2014 and 2017, the same amount of plastic packaging produced since plastic was invented until 2014, about 100 years ago.
Another alarming fact for the whole environment points out that something between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed around the world annually. In Brazil alone, about 1.5 million plastic pouches are distributed per hour.
The excessive consumption of plastic bags has a high environmental cost since its production, when oil, natural gas, water and energy are consumed, and after being used, by discarding them incorrectly, increasing pollution and helping to plug culverts that drain the waters of the rains, or going to the woods and oceans, being ingested by animals that frequently die suffocated or come up imprisoned in them.
The plastic bags are the subject of enormous international debate. Exaggerated consumption has caused scary situations. In South Africa, for example, there are so many wasted plastic bags in the cities, forests and highways that they are called "national flowers", such as the amount seen on lawns, gardens and forests. In India, hundreds of cows die each year from ingesting plastic bags. Thousands of turtles confuse the plastic bags that reach the oceans with jellyfish, their basic source of food, and die suffocated. And the North Americans throw away
at least 100 billion plastic bags a year, which means the waste of 12 million gallons of oil.
However, good examples can also be found in countries such as Ireland, where plastic bags started to be charged in 2002. Since then, its consumption has dropped by 97%. In China, free distribution of plastic bags was banned from 2008, when about 3 billion bags were consumed per day! In Australia, retailers joined a Federal program to ban plastic bags and there was already a 90% drop in consumption. In 2007, merchants in San Francisco, California, were forced by law to ban all common plastic bags.
The environmental solution for bags and other plastic packaging necessarily involves habit changing, conscious use, reuse, correct disposal and, above all, drastic reduction of consumption. We will only reduce the environmental impacts of plastic packaging when we reduce its presence in our day to day routine. This reduction will be facilitated when alternatives to waste disposal arise, especially the implementation of selective collection in all Brazilian municipalities, as well as composting systems, which will allow the correct destination, recycling and organic waste treatments.
At the Waste Expo Brasil 2017 Forum, which will take place between the 21st and 23rd of November at Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo, you will be able to learn more about new technologies and services for post consuming to be applied in Brazil. For more information, visit www.wasteexpo.com.br.
With a little over than 100 days for the Opening Day, Waste Expo Brasil reiterates its position to be the single event in the entire country fully dedicated to the solid waste management, scrap treatment, recycling, composting, public urban cleaning and energy recovery from waste (W-t-E).
International and local companies will exhibit machineries, equipment, vehicles, technologies and essential services for the entire solid waste chain, ranging from garbage collection, transportation, sorting, treatment, recycling, up to destination,
either in a controlled landfill or to an energy recovery plant, which will assist the country to solve two major problems; the correct waste disposal and a diversification of the Brazilian energy matrix.
The Waste Expo Brasil 2017 takes place from November 21 to 23 in São Paulo and brings a wide, varied and updated technical agenda that is presented during the trade show at the International Waste Expo Brazil Forum. Experts, educators, technicians and government authorities from Brazil and other countries will present and discuss relevant topics to our society, our environment and sustainable future of our companies and homes.
Focused on Public Managers
With the Federal Government assistance, through the Environment Ministry and the Ministry of Municipality Affairs, Brazilian Federal and State banks, as well as the important support from the Inter-American Development Bank, GIZ - German Society for International Cooperation, ANAMMA - National Association of Municipal Environmental Bodies and
FNP - National Front of Mayors, the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum will bring public administrators from all regions of the country, to learn from the experts what are the most advanced technologies for their municipalities, while public managers can exchange information with renowned technicians and specialists, and also consult the most appropriate financing system for their projects.
The right Information is one of the keys to ensure success, and access to this information will be available during Waste Expo Brasil! Three major associations in its segments will manage their own congresses inside Waste Expo Brasil 2017.
Write down in your calendar and schedule yourself to be part of the best and most complete event of the entire solid waste chain in the country!
Meet Our Exhibitors!
Doppstadt is one of the world's leading manufacturers of machines for the processing of all types of biofuels, waste and recycling materials, contributing to the preservation of the environment through its equipment marketed in more than 40 countries.
CLICK HERE to see what Doppstadt will be demonstrating live at Waste Expo Brasil 2017.
SINDINESFA – São Paulo State Union for Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap, and INESFA - National Institute of Non-ferrous, Iron and Steel Scrap Companies, renewed the important partnership with Waste Expo Brasil, and will be guesting their associates, guests and representatives of the wholesale scrap metal industry in their traditional festive booth.
The recycling paradise of Sweden:
The European Union has determined that all its member countries must recycle 50% of all the waste they produce by 2020, and gradually increase as much as 65% by 2030. While this goal appears to be a utopian to the large majority of people and rulers in many countries, the Swedish people are already able to recycle and reuse almost the totality of the waste they produce.
Recycling in Sweden is so efficient, that since 2011 the country has become the world leader in solid waste treatment and energy recovery, allocating less than 1% of its waste in landfills. The 4.4 million tons of waste per year balance is equally divided, being one part recycled to return to the market, and the other part is sent as raw material for energy recovery (Waste to Energy).
The W-t-E in Sweden is taken very seriously through its 32 incineration plants across the country, and is mainly used for energy and heating the households, business and industry.
Some of these waste treatment and W-t-E plants have nowadays an idle capacity, and therefore, the government has authorized them to import garbage from other European countries such as the UK, Ireland, Italy and Norway. In this context, those exporting countries that do not have an appropriate treatment for their waste, and sees the waste as a problem, win; and Sweden gains as well, as they use the waste as an important fuel to produce energy (every 3 tons of waste has the same calorific power to 1 ton of oil), and of course, for saving their natural resources.
Waste treatment in Sweden is not recent. The first incineration plant was installed way back in 1904 and in 1940, the construction of more plants allowed enough gas production to heat up homes and to generate power for industry. Since 1970 and with a greater number of plants, the country has become self-sufficient in energy and has been independent from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.
At the other end, Brazil still allocating about 58% of its waste in landfills and 39% is sent to non-controlled landfills, or worse, to open dumps. So, only 3% of the nearly 80 million tons of waste generated per year in Brazil are recycled, and the waste incineration system is not yet used to generate electricity on a large scale.
Therefore, Brazil's sustainability, green technology and the generation of clean energy have a long and laborious way to go.
However, what is a bit challenging for some, it is very inspiring for those who believe in the great potential the country has yet to growth.
Join us for Waste Expo Brasil 2017 and take advantage of this enormous potential market by meeting and showing your service to a very qualified audience!
Ministry Bruno Araújo
The Brazilian Ministry of Cities reaffirms the support to Waste Expo Brasil
The Brazilian Ministry of Cities, that finances W-t-E plants and major Waste Treatment operations in the country, reinforces the importance of Waste Expo Brasil - WEB by confirming its Official Support to the show.
On March 8th Minister Bruno Araujo highlighted the importance and the quality of the WEB 2017, a trade show dedicated to Energy Recovery, Waste Treatment and Public Cleaning.
As per Minister Bruno Araújo, a well-organized technical content such as the International Waste Expo Brasil Forum is very important to train and update private managers and municipal authorities throughout the country, as well as the trade show that presents worldwide technologies, equipment, machinery and vehicles.
Waste Expo Brasil 2017 - WEB will take place from November 21st to 23rd at the Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Waste Expo Brasil is a commercial event with vast technical content through its international Forum, organized along with Ministry of Environment of Brasil. The Waste Expo Brasil 2017 focus on Solid Waste Management, Urban Cleaning and Energy Recovery from Waste. Brazilian Federal Government, through the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Cities and the BNDES are confirmed as exhibitors and for the official opening.
The Waste Expo Brasil 2017 offers the contribution of the private initiative to an emergency priority of environmental management in Brasil, which is the complete range offer for the implementation of the National Solid Waste Policy. Join us today for Waste Expo Brasil 2017 and take advantage of this enormous potential market by meeting and showing your service to a very qualified audience!
Waste Expo Brasil 2016 oppening