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  • Rio’s Commitment to Tackle Sewage and Trash

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    It’s a bit of an open secret that the state of Rio de Janeiro, beautiful as it is, has a serious trash problem.  Litter is ubiquitous.  Trash (particularly drink containers) choke many waterways and drainage systems.  While the state has a reasonably good record in providing waste pick-up services to its residents, disposal has been […]

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    Trash Photos XI: A Visit to the Landfill

    Thursday, February 8th, 2007

    Someone recently asked whatever happened to my “Trash Photo” series. No, folks, I did not run out of trash- or recycling-related photos — not likely to happen anytime soon! No, I didn’t tire of posting in the series. I’m always ready to “talk trash.” (All right, keep the groans about my […]

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    Quiz: Who is 5-Time World Champion Recycler of Aluminum Cans?

    Saturday, January 13th, 2007

    Brazil is five times champion of what? Well, yeah, football (futbol, or soccer as my American friends insist on calling it).
    But something else too: Brazil has led the world in recycling aluminum cans five years in a row (so it is not a anomaly or “blip”!). In 2005 Brazil recycled 96.2%, higher than […]

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    Recycling Coconuts I: More Than Just a Vessel for Agua de Coco

    Saturday, October 28th, 2006

    The Next Time You Have a Cool Agua de Coco…

    Photos Courtesy of Coco Verde

    Have you ever stopped at a street vendor’s stand, a kiosk along the Malecon or at a shopping mall to have a coconut hacked open by machete so you can sip a cool agua de coco? And perhaps after you draw […]

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    Trash Photos IV: The Carioca Model

    Monday, October 2nd, 2006

    I took the above photo in the offices of Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Urban Sanitation Company (Companhia Municipal de Limpeza Urbana – Comlurb) this past spring. Every year when in Rio I meet with a friend in Comlurb who is a well-known and well-informed waste expert. Sometimes we meet at Comlurb’s main office […]

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