MSW Management in São Paulo City and the National Policy of Solid Waste

Veronica R. Polzer1, 2, *, Kenneth M. Persson2
1 Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Mackenzie University, São Paulo, Brazil
2 Department of Building & Environmental Technology, Division of Water Resources Engineering, Lund University, Sweden

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The objective of this paper is to present a brief overview of the current situation of solid waste in Brazil, as well as the importance of the National Policy of Solid Waste as the main regulatory milestone of the country, clarifying the role of society, government and the private sector. Moreover, this law is essential for determining the closing of dumps, encouraging municipal consortia and establishing a hierarchy for solid waste management through waste reduction at source, reuse, recycling, energy recovery and disposal. Also, it aims to understand how São Paulo, the most important city of Brazil, is currently facing the problem and what are the scenarios and proposals indicated in the Integrated Management Solid Waste Plan of the city to get the sustainable solid waste management of São Paulo in operation.

Keywords : Municipal solid waste management, Public policies, Recyclable collection, Urban sustainability.