ABNT –The Brazilian Association for Technical Standards
The Brazilian Association for Technical Standards has drawn up standard ABNT NBR–15483, which addresses the definitions of used papers and wastepaper. There are 28 types of classification, according to the paper from which they are originated. Learn more at www.abnt.org.br.
Selective waste collection
Collecting presorted materials from homes is a key step in transforming waste into raw material, by returning it to the production cycle. As the population demands proactive actions from governments, the adoption of selective waste collection by municipalities is also increasing. Learn how you can collaborate at www.cempre.org.br, the website of Brazilian Business Commitment for Recycling, a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of recycling.
In Brazil, a growing number of waste pickers are organized in cooperatives that provide a structure to sort the materials in a more refined manner and prepare them for resale to repositories or directly to industries. In some cases, the cooperatives also perform the selective collection at companies and condominiums. They also collect the materials at locations for voluntary delivery by consumers, such as supermarkets.
Here is a list of Recyclables Cooperatives that do selective collection in the state of São Paulo*:
- Coopamare - Rua Galeno de Almeida, 659 - Pinheiros - São Paulo - SP
- Cruma - Rua Oswaldo Teixeira, 151 - Vila Varela - Poá - SP
- Recifran - Rua Junqueira Freire, 176 - Liberdade - São Paulo - SP
- Coorpel - Rua 25 de Janeiro, 170 - Luz - São Paulo - SP
- Coopere - Rua Prates, 111 - Bom Retiro - São Paulo - SP
- Raio da Luz - Rua Guilherme de Almeida, 150 – São Bernardo do Campo - SP
*The cooperatives are mentioned here solely to provide information. Bracelpa has no connection with these organizations.
Wastepaper wholesalers are companies that buy wastepaper from small businesses, brokers, waste pickers, associations, companies, printers, banks, supermarkets, schools, etc. They supply industries with fully recyclable wastepaper. After purchasing the paper, these companies sort and classify the material for subsequent sale to manufacturers (recyclers), who are increasingly more demanding in terms of quality, since it directly impacts the optimization of recycling. Learn more at www.anap.org.br.
The Rota da Reciclagem (Recycling Route) website is an initiative taken by Tetra Pak in favor of recycling and in defense of the environment. It uses educational tools to show how any interested person can participate in the process of sorting and delivering carton packages for recycling. The website also provides addresses of waste pickers cooperatives, companies that purchase recycling waste, and voluntary delivery locations that take Tetra Pak packaging materials. Learn more at www.rotadareciclagem.com.br.