MBT in Brazil – a solution for the current challenges
© Wasteconsult international (5/2015)
Brazil demonstrates advances in waste management, especially after the publication of the National Solid Waste Policy (NSWP), Law number 12.305, which requires a waste plan for each municipality, encouraging recycling and composting of waste. Still, the problem persists because of the lack of selective collection, lack of incentives to recyclers and collectors programs, as well as neglect of governments and the citizens. The likelihood of improvement is great, but will require much time and investment. The mechanical and biological treatment is then presented as a solution to meeting the goals in the treatment of waste in the short term. This work aims to analyze this technology and its application in the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, evaluating their advantages, disadvantages and limitations to this process.

Finep and its role in Urban Solid Waste Management in Brazil
© Wasteconsult international (5/2015)
Providing good solid waste management (SWM) services continues to be a major challenge in most developing countries. In Brazil, due to lack of organisation and/or financial resources, activities such as collection, transportation, processing, treatment and disposal, which were at the responsibility of municipalities, are being outsourced to private companies, in an attempt to soothe public budget constraints and enhance the quality of the services. However, given the low economic feasibility of the current technologies in Brazil, the country remains a long way from ensuring sustainability in this sector. In this context, the Brazilian Innovation Agency (Finep) has sought to assist companies in promoting innovation in SWM, either by backing low-interest loans or granting economic subvention for the acquisition of goods, services and labour. The results, though still modest, are encouraging.

National Waste Policy in Brazil: its repercussion after 4 years
© Wasteconsult international (5/2015)
After 20 years, in 2010, was published the national waste policy that was based on principles found in Europe and Germany, as well as the hierarchy of procedures concerning sustainable solution for the problems associated with the waste management, focusing the resources preservation and climate protection. After 4 years publication we can observe a slowly movement, slowly doesn’t mean small when we consider the giant waste market that Brazil represents, expecting for 2016 around 15 billion euros turn over in waste management where 80 % is done by private sector. Although the good news, Brazil still have 42 % of waste final disposal being done at wild landfill and their remediation represents also an interesting market. To change traditional practices we Need to open a multidisciplinary discussion integrating multiple market segments to enable the design of tools for the implementation of sustainable management of municipal solid waste.

Latest North American Perspective on Integrated Solid Waste Management
© Wasteconsult international (5/2015)
This presentation will provide an overview of integrated solid waste management in North America. It will then focus extensively on the current state of solid waste management, material recovery, waste to energy (WTE). It will provide insight on the current practices in place and the results achieved in the material and energy recovery. Further it will discuss the current trends followed by perception as to what lies ahead, the expectations and the opportunities.

Carbon Footprint Tool for Municipal Waste Management in Styria
© Lehrstuhl für Abfallverwertungstechnik und Abfallwirtschaft der Montanuniversität Leoben (11/2014)
The contribution of waste management operations to environmental protection is mostly looked at in terms of the collection and treatment of waste. Due to international contracts, as Kyoto Protocol and national emission reduction objectives, Stakeholder are confronted with collecting data, calculation of emissions and presenting them within sustainability reports.

Long-Term Efficiency of Gentle Soil Remediation - The GREENLAND Project
© Lehrstuhl für Abfallverwertungstechnik und Abfallwirtschaft der Montanuniversität Leoben (11/2014)
Gentle remediation options (GRO) include various and in general plant-based Options to remediate trace element contaminated soils (TECS) at low cost and without significant negative effects for the environment. Although GRO comprise very innovative and effi cient technologies, they are still not widely used as practical site solution due to several hindrance reasons.

Reviewing EU Waste Legislation: A Stepping Stone Towards a Circular Economy
© TK Verlag - Fachverlag für Kreislaufwirtschaft (11/2014)
Global demand for resources continues to grow, driven by an increasing world population and improving standards of living. In the 20th century, the world experienced a four-fold population growth and a 23-fold increase in economic output. Almost all predictions are that resource demand will continue upwards. The world’s population is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, and by 2030 there will be three times the current number of people with middle class consumption levels in the now-developing world. Global extraction of resources is expected to increase by 75 percent in the next 25 years.

WEEE Collection and Recovery in Europe: Experiences and Challenges
© Eigenbeiträge der Autoren (10/2014)
PowerPoint presentation with 30 slides

bifa-Text No. 62: Ecoefficiency analysis of photovoltaic modules / english version
© bifa Umweltinstitut GmbH (2/2014)
The study by the bifa environmental institute describes a future-orientated view of the ecological and economic effects of photovoltaic (PV) systems along their whole life cycle.

Implementation of WEEE in European and Austrian Law – an Overview
© Lehrstuhl für Abfallverwertungstechnik und Abfallwirtschaft der Montanuniversität Leoben (11/2012)
In accordance to the Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and the Council from January 27th 2003 on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), this contribution will provide an overview of the legal framework for collection and treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. For WEEE, the manufacturers and distributors are put in charge of taking back and utilize their products.

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