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    Wal-Mart Brasil Provides Discounts for Not Using Plastic Bags

    Saturday, November 29th, 2008

    Wal-Mart Brasil is pursuing an interesting strategy to achieve its announced target of a 50% reduction in plastic bag use in its 340 stores by 2013.  It just launched a campaign in its nine Bompreço stores in the northeastern capitals of Recife, Pernambuco and Salvador, Bahia, whereby it gives an automatic discount to customers that […]

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    Rio Bans Pigmented PET Packaging

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    Last month something a bit astonishing happened quietly in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.  The state Governor, Sérgio Cabral, signed into law a very short bill.  The new Law outlaws the manufacture or sale in the state of pigmented PET packaging. The rationale?  Such packaging is not accepted for recycling by either waste-pickers […]

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    7-Time World Champion Recycler of Aluminum Cans

    Monday, August 25th, 2008

    The title refers to Brazil, of course. The Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Highly Recyclable Cans (Abralatas) — what the Brazilian Association of Aluminum Can Manufacturers now calls itself — and the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) have just released their final, official recycling statistics for 2007. For the seventh year in a row, Brazil leads […]

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    Update: Tetra Pak & Aseptic Packaging Recycling in Paraná

    Sunday, August 17th, 2008

    I’ve been asked by a reader whether the deal negotiated last year between Paraná environment officials and aseptic packaging producer Tetra Pak has produced the results desired/expected. Funny you should ask that (maybe it’s not a coincidence?) — the two just issued a progress report. To refresh memories, the two-year “plan of action” agreed between […]

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    A New Way to Tackle C&D Waste

    Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

    Brazilian researchers have developed a new cost-saving and energy-saving way to recycle construction and demolition (C&D) waste that they claim is so innovative that they are filing to patent the process. However, the essential idea behind it is so simple that many city planners and waste engineers will probably slap their foreheads and exclaim, “Why […]

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    Giving LAC’s First Plastic Packaging Law Teeth

    Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

    An interesting thing happened over the last two weeks. Well, interesting to people like me who’ve been following the packaging waste debate for decades, at least. Environment enforcement officials for Rio de Janeiro (RJ) state “blitzed” supermarkets in Rio de Janeiro city — first on 19 October in the well-to-do Leblon section, then on 23 […]

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    Apoio de R$22.9 milhões para cooperativas de catadores

    Monday, October 15th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazilian President Lula announced on 01 October the first 24 financial lines to be awarded by the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) to cooperatives of unofficial waste sorters/ recyclers known in Brazil as catadores. The catador cooperatives are generally composed of the very poor that live off of the recyclables […]

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    Minas Seeks Packaging Waste Dialogue with Tetra-Pak

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    Paraná forced a deal on Tetra Pak regarding waste from its long-life packaging (aseptic) packaging; now Minas Gerais (MG) wants a dialog about the same issue. If I were Tetra Pak executives, I’d start being concerned about the direction the drink packaging waste issue is taking in Brazil (if they aren’t already). As I mentioned […]

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    Minas’ New Focal Point for Waste Matters

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    In June the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais opened an institution that, to my knowledge, is unique in Brazil, if not the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).   The Minas Waste Reference Center (Centro Mineiro de Referência em Resíduos – CMRR) is intended to be the state's focal point for everything and anything […]

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    Ecological Bricks Update

    Thursday, August 30th, 2007

    One of the most popular posts here on The Temas Blog, judging by stats, is one from many months ago entitled “Ecological Bricks.” It still receives a hit (sometimes several) every day. A rather unique version of “ecological bricks” discussed in that post involved entombing whole empty PET bottles filled with air. This brick was […]

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