Technology, Circular Economy and advances in PNRS. What other trends in Solid Waste Management do we have for the next year? 

In 2020 the world needed to adapt and adopt new methodologies to move forward. In Solid Waste Management this was no different and neither will it be next! 

Find out more about Waste Management, how it adapted to the atypical 2020 year and what to expect in 2021! A spoiler: technology, industry 4.0, circular economy and reverse logistics will be on the agenda. 

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Topics covered: 

  • What and what is the importance of Solid Waste Management?  
  • How was 2020? 
  • Trends for 2021; 


What and what is the importance of Solid Waste Management? 

Performing Solid Waste Management, in summary, consists of the study, control and adoption of a series of actions that involve the collection, transportation, treatment, destination and final disposal environmentally appropriate of the residues of a production. 

The legislation that governs all these factors is Law No. 12,305, or as popularly known the National Solid Waste Policy that completed 10 years in 2020. Following the PNRS instruments and guidelines, Waste Management can mitigate or minimize its negative impact on the environment environment and ensure compliance with environmental regulations, staying away from fines and sanctions. 

It is worth remembering that the PNRS also spells out the shared responsibility of Solid Waste Management, where each generator must be responsible for what it produces, at different levels, of course. The division encompasses the government, companies and the population, but adopting management actions is more necessary for companies, as they are responsible for producing a significant amount of waste. 

The main purpose of waste management in companies is to reduce the amount of waste generated (not generation) and encourage its reuse, always thinking about what can be no longer an expense and become a revenue! 


How was 2020?  

The year 2020 had an impact and both Solid Waste Management: production slowed down, environmental and public health protocols were improved and social distance put in check much of what was done manually and in person. 

Companies, teams and processes had to be adapted to the new reality that was established and one point gained prominence: technology as a great ally. Software, systems and platforms took the lead in the processes and showed how Solid Waste Management could be facilitated. 

With PlataformaVerde’s software, for example, it was possible to control and manage the entire waste path, from collection, storage, treatment and final disposal, in a fast, unified and optimized way with data from the entire process in real time. Pretty good, isn’t it? 

The technological sector has played a major role in pointing out the new paths for industries and companies in all segments of the economy, becoming an important ally in other areas such as productivity, quality, automation, mechanization and efficiency. Innovation and technology make it possible to work on a fundamental aspect for organizations: the management of their processes, including Solid Waste. 


The trends for 2021 

Through technology and innovation, as mentioned in the block above, the National Solid Waste Policy has gradually been structuring itself and creating mechanisms for better management, handling and environmentally appropriate final disposal of waste. 

For 2021, expect that management strategies by companies are increasingly linked to technology and the reuse and not generation of waste. This reuse brings to light a great trend for the coming year, the Circular Economy. The Circular Economy has gained a lot of space, but it is still a subject whose importance is unknown to many. 

The need to develop PNRS guidelines more clearly on reverse logistics, another major trend for 2021, and the way each of the entities in the chain need to act, is also extremely important so that the concentration of waste is not exclusively in landfills, but mainly in the recycling chain. 

In addition to all this, traceability also emerges in Waste Management. In PlataformaVerde it is possible to control licenses and environmental documentation of its own and of partners involved in the disposal and treatment of waste, always maintaining legal compliance, generating and signing the Waste Transport Manifest (MTR) in a totally digital way, bringing more connectivity, and traceability . 

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