URBAN SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN CAXIAS DO SUL/BRAZIL: PRACTICES AND CHALLENGES

Matheus Poletto, Paulo R. De Mori, Vania E. Schneider, Ademir J. Zattera

Abstract


Solid waste management is become a challenge for the cities’ authorities in developing countries mainly due rapid economic growth and population increasing. In cities of the developing world, the informal sector plays an important role in the management of urban solid waste. This work examines the participation of scavengers in an integrated municipal solid waste management system. The paper is based on direct field observations, interviews with scavengers and characterization of the urban solid waste generated in Caxias do Sul. The partnership between municipal government and local scavengers were also evaluated as well as the contribution of the scavengers in the urban solid waste management system. The study reveals that is necessary realize a campaign for improve the waste segregation at source, the infrastructure of the scavengers associations need to be improved and finally the scavengers need to be more deeply involved in the policies associated with the urban solid waste management system adopted in the city.

Keywords


Waste pickers; solid waste management; waste composition; informal recycling

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ISSN 1982-3932
DOI: 10.4090/juee


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