Pathways to improve the municipal solid waste management in Brazil

Ponte Pequena transfer station, Sao Paulo: Mechanical processing. The recyclable material is already sorted and pressed. Photo: Soninha Vill / Acervo ProteGEEr

IKI project ProteGEEr, Climate friendly technologies and capacity development for the implementation of the Brazilian National Waste Policy, has been supporting 32 municipalities to improve their waste management. 

Additionally, it has developed a toolbox to strengthen the capacities of local decision makers and technicians. In March, the project presented two tools during a webinar on municipal solid waste management, hosted by Rogério Marinho, Brazilian minister of Regional Development. The webinar addressed two important challenges for the sector, the financial sustainability and the regional organization of the service, as established by the new Brazilian Sanitation Legal Framework, sanctioned in July 2020. 

During the event, the Ambassador Heiko Thoms from the Federal Republic of Germany, confirmed the importance of the issue for public health and climate protection as well as for the economy. Furthermore, he reiterated the interest in maintaining cooperation in the field of sustainability with Brazil.

IKI toolbox for decision makers

These two instruments of the IKI toolbox were presented during the webinar: 

Roadmap for Financial Sustainability 

This roadmap presents a step-by-step approach on how to properly conduct the implementation process of waste fees. It comes with complementary material that includes a calculation table and references for municipal laws that address the most complex issues related to the topic.

Roadmap for the Implementation of a Consortium for the Public Service for the Management of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) 

In cooperation with IKI project ANDUS, Support for the Brazilian National Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development, a roadmap was developed to foster the public waste management consortium solution. It supports the decision-making processes, for example, on when it is feasible and valuable to implement a Consortium of municipalities.

Both instruments were developed in cooperation with the pilot municipalities, are written in simple language and can be used for municipalities of any sizes in different regions of the country.

About the new roadmaps

As part of the ProteGEEr toolbox, the two roadmaps and their appendices aim to guide municipal managers and technicians in the implementation of public cost recovery policies that enable the financial sustainability of the public service for MSW management. This is based on guidelines from the new Legal Framework for Sanitation, as well as the planning and implementation of Public Consortia for the management of MSW.

Both roadmaps are supported by institutions that represent the interests of the municipalities, the National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM) and the National Front of Mayors (FNP). 

Basically, the ProteGEEr toolbox offers guidelines and practical tools for a climate-friendly MSW management supporting technological, administrative and economic solutions. Further tools will be released shortly.

The tools can be accessed by clicking here.

For further information in Brazilian, please access the MDR website.