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Understanding material flow analysis and historical transformation for improvement of household solid waste management: the case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Fuss, Maryegli ORCID iD icon; Poganietz, Witold-Roger ORCID iD icon; Barros, Raphael


The Brazilian National Policy on Solid Waste is a political action for municipalities to pay attention in the mismanagement of household solid waste (HSW) and integration of waste picker (WP) cooperatives since 2010. Peru and Columbia, for example, enacted similar policies based on Brazilian experiences in 2014 and 2015. Albeit informal picking is strongly predominant in Lima and Bogota, HSW is continuously disposed of in open-dumping and landfills in these countries, including several Brazilian municipalites after ten years of the enacted legislation.
Cultural and social dimensions exist and create a vague understanding of a similar socio-technical challenge that happens between cities dominated by WPs, who are informally (or formally) part of HSW management. Such critical constraints require further methodological approaches that underpin the technical field of HSW research, and the way integration of WPs has become a social, political, and cultural phenomenon. This study brings transparency to such complex situations systematically. First, a material flow analysis (MFA) was built up observing Belo Horizonte's city throughout 15 years (2003-2018). ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Vortrag
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000121014
Veranstaltung Americas International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference (ISIE 2020), Lima, Peru, 06.07.2020 – 08.07.2020
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