Committee to present draft of solid waste plan by June

Friday, March 18, 2011

A government committee aimed at developing Brazil's national solid waste plan will present preliminary documentation by June, government news service Agência Brasil reported.

The committee, which is made up of 12 ministries, was formed on March 17 by environment minister Izabella Teixeira.

A group of advisors from the national institute of applied economic research (IPEA) are carrying out a nationwide diagnosis of the disposal of light bulbs, lubricants, batteries, expired medicines, and consumer electronics.

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During the formation of the committee, Teixeira highlighted the success of the environment ministry's Saco é um Saco plastic bag reduction campaign.

In 18 months, the campaign has avoided the use some 5bn plastic bags, equivalent to 33% of Brazil's annual consumption, according to the report.