Govt to propose updated national waste policy by June

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brazil's federal government plans to propose an updated national solid waste policy by June this year, news service Agencia Estado reported.

The policy will include goals to reduce waste, mapping out ways to collect used post-consumer materials and also defining recycling processes for items such as electronics, light bulbs and packaging, among others.

The plan will be drafted by a group of technicians and officials from 12 ministries, coordinated by the environment ministry. The group will be appointed by February.

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Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a decree in late 2010 to establish the waste policy. However, "it was little vague and left some issues to be resolved by the respective industrial sectors," environmental lawyer Lina Pimental was reported as saying.

A key component of the solid waste plan is to do away with open-air dumps by August 2014. Planned measures include building landfills with proper waste treatment facilities and implementing selective waste collection services for recyclable material.