Brazil: Waste managment

In November 2012 a Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed with Cetesb, the Environmental Agency of Sao Paulo State waste, and in October 2013 an LoI was signed with Fiesp (the Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo).

Both LoIs aim at Exchange of Experience and practice with State and municipal authorities, Associations of Industry and Association of waste management companies in dealing with the new waste law management and introducing new recycling technology and Dutch companies in Brazil.

During the project period (June 2013-June 2016), knowledge will be exchanged through

  • Workshops and teleconferences with Brazilian authorities
  • Exchange of good practices with regard to waste management policies as well as methods and techniques
  • Participating in trade missions and conferences
  • Organising incoming missions of public authorities and private companies.


Brazil is one of the BRIC countries which means that Brazil has a fast-growing economy. With a total population of over 190 million people, Brazil produces 61 million tons of solid municipal waste every year. Of this amount, only a very limited part is recycled. The rest of it is destined for landfills, causing various environmental problems like pollution of the soil and aquifers and exposing the local population involved to diverse health risks. Recycling in Brazil has been an informal activity, mainly performed by waste pickers. In 2010 the federal government published new legislation with very stringent standards.

Separate waste collection