The Brazilian Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Association will hold a Thematic Panel at the Waste Expo Brasil International Forum
There are several challenges for the implementation of integrated and sustainable solid waste management. More than half the world's population does not have access to adequate waste management services. In Brazil, about 42% of the population still suffering the negative effects of inadequate disposal and almost 1,600 municipalities throughout the country persist to use dumps, exposing their citizens to several malfunctions.
The presentation of viable and appropriate solutions to the country's reality, as well as qualified technical discussions, are appropriate ways to inform and assist the public manager, industry entrepreneurs and the population to reverse the deficit by implementing more appropriate practices.
With the determination to broadcast adequate practices, Waste Expo Brasil joins ABLP - Brazilian Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Association, to carry out a Specific Thematic Panel of the Association in our Forum, which will also be the stage of the celebration of the 48th anniversary of the entity and the launch of the "hundredth edition" of the Public Cleaning Magazine.
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In addition to the exhibition of the latest machines, equipment, special vehicles, technologies and services, the visitors will also have access to a wide technical content that will be presented at the Waste Expo Brasil International Forum, which is curated by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment and the Municipality Affairs Ministry.
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Reverse Logistics becomes a conditioning factor to obtain environmental license
The Brazilian National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS) requires the implementation of reverse logistics for a diverse range of products. From beverage packaging to used and contaminated lubricating oils, to unserviceable tires and other products.
Despite the requirement under the legislation, many companies today do not have a reverse logistics system structured. This negligence has generated significant situations of threat to the environment. Therefore, measures must be taken to ensure that these organizations comply with the law. Therefore, in some states, reverse logistics became a condition of environmental licensing.
Reverse logistics is carried out through actions that make it possible to collect and refund solid waste to the business sector. These residues are reused in their own cycle or in other productive cycles. Or they can be destined in an environmentally correct way.
In São Paulo, the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo (Cetesb) determined that for the organizations to obtain the environmental license they will have to implement the reverse logistics system.
With this decision it is determined the responsibility of the company to collect again the products that are dangerous for the population and the environment.
Manufacturers, importers, distributors and dealers of pesticides, their sub waste and packaging, as well as other products whose packaging, after use, constitute hazardous waste, batteries, tires, lubricating oils, lamps, electronic products and their components.
The rule of Cetesb comes to force on October 3, 2018 and it applies both to a new document or a renewal of the license.
The consequences for non-compliance with the Cetesb regulations are very serious and can cause serious damage to the company. Financial losses and rip of the company's image.
The company that does not adopt the reverse logistics system within the deadline stipulated will not be able to renew its environmental license or obtain the new document, and it is subject to environmental penalties, such as operating suspension licenses and, consequently, the interruption of activities. In addition, it tarnishes the image of the company with the clients, because this organization demonstrates that it does not respect the environmental laws.
To comply with Cetesb regulations, the company has the option of joining a reverse logistics system with a commitment term or structuring a new system. Currently, the terms of commitment for the following products have been signed and renewed:
• Pesticides packaging;
• Used automotive lubricating oil filters;
• Comestible Oil;
• Portable batteries, Insoluble lead acid batteries;
• Lubricants wrapping packaging;
• Empty containers of sanitizing disinfectants;
• Domestic electronic products;
• Packaging in general.
Municipalities are without resources to end open dumps
Even though the Brazilian Senate postponed the deadline, the Brazilian municipalities should not comply with the Solid Waste National Policy (PNRS). "The lack of technical guidance and financial resources have helped municipalities to postpone this kind of projects. The penury is general in all Brazilian cities. Despite the general situation in the country, municipalities in São Paulo State are in a much better situation according to the CETESB - São Paulo State Environment Agency survey", says engineer Luiz Pladevall.
ABRELPE - Brazilian Public Cleaning Companies Association, indicate that, since 2016, municipalities have accumulated R$ 15 billion in debt with industry’s companies. According to the association, the default rate reached 40% in 2016, compared to 10% to 15% in previous years.
Sanctioned on August 2, 2010, the PNRS established until the end of 2014 the deadline for municipalities to comply with the new rules. In July 2015, the Senate extended the deadline to end open dumps. In addition to capitals and metropolitan regions, border municipalities and those with more than 100,000 inhabitants have been granted until 2019. Cities with populations between 50 and 100 thousand inhabitants have until July 31st, 2020 to address this issue. The smaller municipalities, with less than 50 thousand inhabitants, must be in accordance with the law until July 31st, 2021.
In São Paulo State, the Environmental Agency of the State of São Paulo - CETESB has adopted policies to provide the reduction of dumps in the State. According to the 2017 edition of CETESB's State Inventory of Urban Solid Waste, the evolution of the quantity of waste disposed of adequately went from 84.7% of the total generated in 2011 to 98.0% in 2017. The document also shows that the number of cities with final urban waste disposal facilities in the appropriate condition increased from 492 in 2011 to 615 in 2017, corresponding to 96.1% of the municipalities in São Paulo.
Source: Associação Paulista de Empresas de Consultoria e Serviços em Saneamento e Meio Ambiente - APECS
Waste Expo Brasil 2018 will be the meeting point of the
Waste Management companies in the country
Waste Expo Brasil will be the industry's great meeting point when it brings together public agents from the legislative, executive and public prosecutor's offices, important industry associations, public cleaning and sanitation operators and concessionaires, manufacturers and service providers for the complete solid waste management from Brazil and 18 other countries.
With 10 thematic panels, the International Forum will take place at the same time to the trade show and will be an information source and a place for presentations and debates. The great news at this year's Forum is about all the partnership Waste Expo Brasil made with important Associations and Sectoral Chambers to make the content even more complete and dynamic.
The seminars of ANAP – Paper and Cardboard Recyclers Association, ABRECON - Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Association, and the INESFA / SINDINESFA Congress, which will announce after 3 years a detailed National Panorama for Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap, bringing to light new and important industry information from across the country.
ABLP - Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Brazilian Association will celebrate its 48th anniversary in its own event inside Waste Expo Brasil and distribute to all visitors the memorable "100 Edition" of the Public Cleaning Magazine.
In addition to all these, there will be APM Congress - Sao Paulo State Municipalities Annual Congress, which will have the assistance of CNM - National Confederation of Municipalities and FNP - National Front of Mayors, which will certainly bring to the event a large number of mayors from all over the country.
The Trade Show and the International Forum have the support and participation of the Federal Government through the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Cities, that will be with their teams throughout the event to receive and present to visitors the news, incentives and Government projects for Solid Waste Management.
Therefore, with the sum of all the entities and associations that will actively participate, with the exhibition of machines, vehicles and equipment, it is certain that Waste Expo Brasil will be a great and important event exclusively dedicated to solid waste management.
Chile joins other 60 countries around the world that have taken actions to reduce trash pollution caused by 10 million bags consumed per minute in the world
Chile's president, Sebastián Piñera promulgated on August 3rd a federal law banning the distribution of plastic bags in all retail stores, making the first in South America country to adopt this strict legislation.
From August 3 until the end of the six-month adjustment period, the Chilean retail stores will be able to deliver "a maximum of two plastic bags per customer", says the text of the law.
After this deadline, the ban will be total for supermarkets, pharmacies and other major retail stores.
The legislation excludes primary food packaging "that is necessary for hygiene reasons or to prevent food wastage".
A fine of US$ 370 was also established for each plastic bag delivered to those who break the law, where according to government, 3.2 billion plastic bags are produced each year.
A fine of US$ 370 was also established for each plastic bag delivered to those who break the law, where according to government, 3.2 billion plastic bags are produced each year.
"A plastic bag is produced in seconds, used for less than 30 minutes, from the supermarket to the house, and then takes 400 years to degrade. For a minute, or for a few minutes, the nature suffers the effect of plastic bag for over 400 years", said Piñera.
A total of 90% of the bags end up in open dumps or in the sea, consumed by birds and fish.
"We cannot allow this," said the president in the promulgating action in Santiago, making the country to become the first country in South America to say goodbye to plastic bags.
In addition to Chile, Colombia has imposed a tax last year on plastic bags, and Panama also approved a total ban in January, although the Panamanian law gives a longer period (18 months) to adapt before enters in force. Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize and Costa Rica and some cities like Buenos Aires have implemented measures to combat plastic bags as well.
According to UN, 5 trillion plastic bags are consumed annually in the world, mostly made of polyethylene an oil derivative that takes about 500 years to degrade. Each year, 13 million tons of plastics reach the oceans.
In Chile, only 4% of the 17.5 million inhabitants recycle waste.
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