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  • Update: Easier Buying Recycled

    Friday, March 6th, 2009

    Parana’s public entities will finally get their recycled paper products. A few months ago I posted about the problems the southern Brazilian state was experiencing in its pioneering efforts to stimulate recycling by requiring all state agencies, entities and offices to buy only paper products with high recycled post-consumer fiber content (50%). A November 2007 […]

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    Parana to Tetra-Pak: Fulfill Your Commitments

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

    Just seven months ago Paraná’s Environment Secretary, Rasca Rodrigues, was singing the praises of aseptic packaging producer Tetra Pak for its implementation of a deal negotiated in 2007 concerning the firm’s responsibility for the waste problem in the state related to its packaging. Now he’s charging them with failing to live up to their commitments. […]

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    Not Always Easy Buying Recycled

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    The basic idea was straightforward: stimulate recycling by requiring all state agencies, entities and offices to buy only paper products with high recycled content (50%). That was the requirement set by a new law adopted by the southern Brazilian state of Paraná in November 2007.  The Law said that it must apply to all paper […]

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    Paraná Takes Aim on New Beer Packaging

    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

    First aseptic cartons, then long-necked beer bottles, now one-liter glass beer bottles.  Hmmm, do you think maybe Paraná environment officials are focused on packaging waste issues? Earlier this month Paraná’s Environment Secretary, Rasca Rodrigues, again used the press to get a company to the negotiating table.  He publicly attacked the new one-liter beer bottle — […]

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    From Banners to Reusable Shopping Bags

    Saturday, September 6th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The more I find out about the work of Paraná’s Zero Waste (Desperdício Zero) Program — particularly its creativity in finding new and different ways to promote and spark interest in recycling — the more I like and admire their work. Remember the solar water heater made of used PET bottles and […]

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    Update on Paraná Showdown with Long-Neck Beer Bottles

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: For those of you curious about the outcome of that ultimatum that environment officials in Paraná gave to producers and distributors of long-neck beer bottles to take responsibility for their wastes or else, only two distributors (out of the expected five) and a representative of the glass manufacturers industry association (instead of […]

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