Check out the main themes of the National Solid Waste Policy in 2021. 

The National Policy on Solid Waste (PNRS), instituted by Federal Law No. 12,305, completed a decade in 2020. Its creation represented a milestone in the development of environmental policies in Brazil, but its effectiveness over the years has left something to be desired. 

For 2021, the end of controlled dumps is expected (which was expected for 2014), the structuring and development of guidelines in a clearer way on reverse logistics and the implementation of sectorial agreements already signed, such as electronics (Oct.2019 ). 

Check out a little more about each of these subjects in today’s article from the Green Gear Blog, and understand how GreenPlat works in compliance with PNRS.  

Topics to be decorated: 

  • The (late) end of landfills in Brazil; 
  • Reverse Logistics: the 2021 asset; 
  • The advancement of sectorial businesses; 
  • The GreenPlat and the PNRS. 

The (delayed) end of landfills in Brazil 

The National Solid Waste Policy envisaged the eradication of irregular landfills and dumps by 2014. However, according to Abrelpe, the Brazilian Association of Public Cleaning and Special Waste Companies, 40.5% of the amount of waste collected still ends up being sent to landfills ( 23%) or irregular landfills, which are not environmentally friendly and the reuse of the collected material is zero. 

After a decade of PNRS and years of delay for the end of the dumps to become a reality, the new Basic Sanitation Framework was approved, with the forecast of extinguishing the dumps in August 2021 (for capitals and metropolitan regions) and 2022 for municipalities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants. Irregular landfills are expected to end in 2024. 

Despite the new framework, the application of the National Solid Waste Policy remains the same, therefore, municipalities in an irregular situation after the end of the adaptation period can be assessed, subject to fines!  
 

Reverse Logistics: the 2021 asset 

Reverse Logistics has been gaining more and more space within the Brazilian scenario and is becoming so important as it is an instrument that enables the fulfillment of the PNRS, minimizing or eliminating the disposal of waste in inappropriate places, such as the dark dumps. 

 For 2021, further development of the reverse logistics guidelines is expected, which over the decade left doubts about how each of the entities in the chain should act. According to PNRS, manufacturers, importers, distributors, traders, citizens and city halls must act together and share the responsibility for the management of production and post-consumption waste, avoiding, for example, that the concentration of waste is not exclusively in landfills, but mainly in the recycling chain. 

Several improvements and developments in public inspection and protection policies related to reverse logistics are also expected in the coming year. 

The advancement of sectoral agreements 

In addition to the creation and development of cooperatives, terms of commitment and decrees, the National Solid Waste Policy over its 10 years has promoted several sectoral agreements. As in the plastics (2012), lamps (2014), packaging (2015), and electronics (2019) sectors. 

Many agreements signed over the years, such as electronics reverse logistics, have a deadline for implementation in 2021 and demonstrate the advance of reverse logistics – as previously mentioned – in Brazil. 

Competitive companies, who aim to reduce costs, create new opportunities and want to avoid problems such as fines and loss of customers, can and should promote sectoral agreements (contractual act between the entities in the chain) to implement shared responsibility for the life cycle of the product.  

The GreenPlat and the PNRS 

GreePlat uses technology to help companies and municipalities manage their waste through software with Blockchain-based architecture, allowing them to comply with the National Solid Waste Policy in different areas. Through the software, it is possible to involve all the entities participating in the chain, such as generating companies, transporters, recyclers and final destinations, leaving the production of the companies cleaner and more efficient, giving traceability from the extraction of the raw material to the disposal, ensuring that no waste is destined incorrectly. 

In addition, with PlataformaVerde, the documents necessary to keep up with the law, such as licenses, certificates and invoices, are automatically generated according to each stage of the process, and online. It is possible to archive them in one of the software’s functionalities – bringing more transparency, compliance and ease when issuing and monitoring this documentation. 

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