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A Law For The National Policy On Solid-waste Management: The Brazilian Case

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030141

Volume

67

Pages

12

Published

2003

Size

733.68 kb

Author(s)

I. da A.G.M. Juras & S.M.V.G. de Araújo

Abstract

A law for the national policy on solid-waste management: the Brazilian case I. da A. G. M. Juras & S. M. V. G. de Araujo Legislative Consulting Department, Environment Unit, House of Representatives, Brazil Abstract Solid-waste management has become one of the greatest challenges to achieve sustainable development. According to Agenda 21, environmentally sound solidwaste management should not only include safe reuse, recovery and disposal, but the adoption of measures to change production and consumption patterns as well. These actions, however, would require the partnership of all segments of society. In Brazil, approximately 230 thousand tons of solid waste is produced on a daily basis. According to the Brazilian Association of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (1996), only 3% of municipalities are able to manage their waste properly. In 63% of these towns, waste is merely thrown away in water collections. In the remaining, waste is simply thrown away in open dumps. There are approximat

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