Author(s): RILEM TC 165-SRM
Paper category : book
Book title: Sustainable Raw Materials - Construction and Demolition Waste - State-of-the-Art Report of RILEM TC 165-SRM
Editor(s): Ch. F. Hendriks and H. S. Pietersen
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2000
Pages: 80 - 84
Total Pages: 5
In Brazil, currently there is hardly any social awareness concerning the necessity to put (domestic) waste management high on the national agenda. Waste management is still mainly recognised as a municipal responsibility, and is solved on that level with variable success.
Over the last 5 years the consciousness of the municipal administration on the importance of developing this sector has increased, both because the voting public is now demanding improved urban services and because the provision of these service (initially) represent major expenses for local governments.
At the same time, there is increasing pressure on the industrial sector from state environmental agencies. The latest versions on the environmental legislation and the draft version of the new one show clear similarities with German legislation. This is not a coincidence, since the Germans participated actively, giving supervision for the restoration of Brazilian environmental laws.
A practical example is provided by a case in which a company intends to open a new branch in Brazil. If this company produces hazardous (class 1) waste materials as by-products, this branch could be installed only at cities that have a special landfill, what is rare in Brazil.
Some industrial groups also see in the sustainable development the chance in decreasing the social disparities and feel a large responsibility to increase the public's environmental awareness.
Online publication: 2009-12-07
Publication type : full_text
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