Brazil approves the National Policy on Solid Waste
05/08/2010 06:50 - Portal Brasil
The law establishing the PNRS defines responsibilities and tools for the management of several types of solid waste
The National Policy on Solid Waste (PNRS), recently approved by the Brazilian Senate, will receive presidential sanction today (2). The policy will be approved after two decades in the Brazilian Congress. It's a historic day in which Brazil will become equal the European Union in relation to legislation concerning the solid waste. "With the approval of the National Policy on Solid Waste, Brazil now has a set of innovative tools for solving the problems of garbage in the country", celebrates minister of Environment Izabella Teixeira.
The law establishing the PNRS defines responsibilities and tools for the management of several types of solid waste. The PNRS is the result of a broad consensus involving all the actors who are part of the many different cycles of production of solid waste. It deals with issues that are already part of daily routine of people, involving concepts such as contaminated area, the product life cycle, selective collection, social control, waste management, recycling, shared responsibility and urban cleaning services.
The new policy aims at the protection of public health and environmental quality, as well as at the adoption, development and improvement of clean technologies to minimize environmental impacts, and at the reduction of the volume of hazardous waste, amongst other actions.
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