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    More Glass Packaging Recovery, Less Piracy?

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    When discussing recovery/recycling among packaging materials in Brazil, glass sometimes suffers by comparison. Brazil is a world leader in recycling PET and aluminum cans, and high among recyclers of corrugated cardboard (77%).
    Brazil’s 45% annual recycling rate for glass packaging is better than the glass packaging rate for the US (but then again, the US […]

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    Toward a National Waste Exchange for Brazil

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Recently Brazil's National Confederation of Industry (CNI) pulled together a meeting in Curitiba, Paraná (PR) of officials from Brazil's existing 12 state waste exchanges operated by state industry associations.  Also attending were industry representatives from Argentina, Paraguay and Portugal.  The focus of discussion: a CNI proposal to link the exchanges electronically and create a de […]

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    Using Crafts to Promote Recycling and Employment

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Last week I introduced you to some cool purses made in Rio de Janeiro and Maranhão from recycled materials, such as banana fiber and PET from drink bottles.
    Here’s more, this time from Curitiba, the capital of Paraná.  Curitiba has a longstanding and well-deserved reputation for promoting recycling through environmental education.
    Thus it is not really a […]

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    More Brazilian Cities Move to Recycle C&D Waste

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    Last December I blogged about a new mayoral decree in South America’s largest city, São Paulo, that required the use of recycled civil construction and demolition (C&D) wastes in some city projects (primarily paving).
    Not to be outdone, Beto Richa, the mayor of what many consider to be South America’s “greenest” metropolis, Curitiba (the capital of […]

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    It’s Clean Up the World Weekend — Get Involved!

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    This weekend across the world, including much of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), people will be joining NGOs and community groups in events designed to clean up beaches, coastal waters, rivers, lakes, parks, reserves and their surroundings as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. Copied below is the official press […]

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    Tetra-Pak Chooses to Deal

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: In May the environment officials of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná called in Tetra Pak officials and told them to come up with a proposal to solve the post-consumer waste problem in that state associated with their long-life (aseptic) packaging — or face drastic action by the government, such as banning […]

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    The Dark Side of Scrap

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

    Not too long ago I noted how it’s become a big business in Jamaica to take metal scrap — including robbing it from working stock — and exporting it to China and other Asian markets. I knew at the time that this was by no means unique to Jamaica, but couldn’t point to any […]

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    LAC Cities, C40 and the Clinton Climate Initiative

    Monday, June 11th, 2007

    If you track climate change news items in the mainstream media, or if like me you’re a fan of EcoIron, Green Options or The Coffee House, you probably have already heard of last month’s climate change conference in New York City hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation, the climate coalition of 40 of the […]

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    Tetra-Pak Given 60 Days to Propose Packaging Waste Solution… Or Else!

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: In a meeting held in Curitiba in the middle of May, the government of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná gave Tetra-Pak executives (including the Vice President for Central and South America) 60 days to come up with their own proposal to solve the post-consumer waste problem in that state associated with […]

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    Brazil Decides to Take on Alcohol

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week Brazilian authorities published in the official gazette the presidential decree setting out the new National Policy on Alcohol. The policy tackles not only alcohol dependency, but also social problems associated with alcohol consumption such as traffic accidents (drinking and driving) and violence. It was created by an inter-Ministerial […]

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