Shared responsibility for the product life cycle by making manufacturers, distributors, traders and importers responsible for the disposal of the waste produced.



Last Thursday, the director of the Department of Environmental Quality and Waste Management of the Ministry of the Environment, Zilda Veloso, participated in a panel discussion on the National Policy on Solid Waste, on the closing day of the International Congress Lixo Zero Cities, in Brasilia. The PNRS was instituted by Law 12,305, in August 2010, after 20 years of discussion in the National Congress. 

"Investing in proper waste management reduces environmental contamination and generates a smaller investment in public health in the future. This is the account made in developed countries," exemplified Zilda Veloso. According to her, while in Brazil the city that invests most in waste treatment per inhabitant is Brasília, with R $ 100 per inhabitant per year, in Tokyo this amount is multiplied by 10, with one thousand reais per year for the treatment of waste solids. 

Among the actions of the federal government to implement the PNRS, she cited the urban composting edict, launched by the National Environment Fund and the Socioambiental Caixa Fund in 2017, which guarantee the return of organic raw material to the natural cycle of the soil. Another important instrument is the reverse logistics plan, which provides shared responsibility for the product life cycle by making manufacturers, distributors, traders and importers responsible for the disposal of the waste produced. Sectoral agreements with various sectors have been made to ensure the application of this responsibility in practice. Agreements have already been signed with the sectors of packaging, fluorescent lamps and lubricating oil. 

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