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The Latin American Composite Materials Association complied with the call notice of the Environmental Department of Paraná (Brazil) and presented a plan for the implementation of post-consumer reverse logistics of composite parts in the area that covers Curitiba and other 29 cities.
After the analysis of the plan conducted by SEMA and the selection of the logistics partner, who will be responsible for the collection, processing and final disposal of waste, ALMACO will enter into the commitment agreement with the government agency from Paraná. The program should enter into force in the first quarter of 2016.“ALMACO understood that the government of Paraná seeks an understanding with the production sectors, so that they can meet the legal requirements within the economic feasibility, generating social and environmental benefits,” said Vinício Bruni, coordinator of solid waste at SEMA. Currently, there are 18 Commitment Agreements executed in Paraná by the packaging, tires, drugs, construction and food industries.Led by Paulo Camatta, executive manager of ALMACO, the project of post- consumer reverse logistics of composite parts includes the participation of companies such as Ashland, CPIC, Jushi, Lord, Marcopolo, Mascarello, Morquímica, MVC, Neobus, O-tek, Owens Corning, Reichhold, Royal Polímeros and Tecnofibras.“These are manufacturers of raw materials and composite molders who are actually committed to the sustainability issue,” says Camatta. The initiative promoted by ALMACO also relies on the support from the National Association of Bus Manufacturers (FABUS) and the Interstate Union of Rail and Highway Material and Equipment (SIMEFRE). “Special mention also to the excellent guidance that we received from Marco Simon, director of Masimon, a consulting firm specialized in reverse logistics,” said Camatta.Bus partsAlthough the idea is to cover all the production segments of composite artifacts, the reverse logistics program will initially focus on companies that operate in the transportation segment, more specifically manufacturers of bus parts, such as roofs, bumpers and front and rear bars.“Our research indicated that each year, buses that circulate in the Region 19 of Paraná generate approximately five tons of composites waste, basically as a result of collisions. Therefore, the program’s goal over the first twelve months is to perform the reverse logistics of this volume,” said the executive manager of ALMACO.Initially, the final destination will be the co-processing of waste in cement kilns and steel mills, an alternative recognized as environmentally friendly. Then, ALMACO’s goal is to create mechanisms that enable the recycling, which will further increase the value added of the material.“The post-consumption responsibility becomes the responsibility of the manufacturers of the parts. If they do not join the program, they will be subject to expensive fines, similar to what happened in the segment of tires and oil filters,” says Camatta.More information: www.almaco.org.br