Belém approves bill for new municipal solid waste management plan

- Thursday, December 15, 2011

Belém approves bill for new municipal solid waste management plan

Northern Brazil's Pará state capital Belém has approved a bill to implement an integrated solid waste management plan in the city, according to a state government release.

The law aims to reduce the amount of solid waste produced and boost the amount recycled, as well as identify principal waste producers. It also establishes indicators to measure the performance of public service in solid waste management.

According to Carlos Silva Filho, executive director of special waste handling and sanitation association Abrelpe, "More private participation through public-private partnerships [PPPs] is needed to achieve solid waste management goals."

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Brazil's solid waste policy, which sets goals for solid waste collection and disposal, was introduced in August 2010. A new decree, signed on November 21, gives tax breaks to companies that reuse solid waste in their manufacturing processes.