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Effect of Improving Environmental Sustainability in Developing Countries by Upgrading Solid Waste Management Techniques: A Case Study

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  • Mentore Vaccari

    () (Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land and Environment, University of Brescia, via Branze 43, Brescia I-25123, Italy
    Vaccari planned, set and supervised the collection of data and, together with V. Torretta, analysed and processed them; C. Collivignarelli supervised the research.)

  • Vincenzo Torretta

    () (Department of Science and High Technology, Insubria University, Via G.B. Vico 46, Varese I-21100, Italy
    Vaccari planned, set and supervised the collection of data and, together with V. Torretta, analysed and processed them; C. Collivignarelli supervised the research.)

  • Carlo Collivignarelli

    () (Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land and Environment, University of Brescia, via Branze 43, Brescia I-25123, Italy
    Vaccari planned, set and supervised the collection of data and, together with V. Torretta, analysed and processed them; C. Collivignarelli supervised the research.)

Abstract

The present research has focused on a contribution to the improvement of solid waste management in a waste collectors’ cooperative located in Brazil (Marcos Moura district, Santa Rita, Paraiba State) through a technical and organizational up-grading. Collection, processing and final disposal of wastes still represent a problem in some regions of Brazil. The proposed strategy foresaw the analysis of the local situation, the evaluation of the cooperative efficiency rate and then the introduction of technical and operational improvements to the service. Besides the technical activity, a social inclusion program was developed in order to include local scavengers (called Catadores) and to improve the social and economic conditions of populations involved in the process. The project also increased their environmental awareness. The workgroup is still monitoring the obtained results in order to check for the achievement of foreseen targets, to plan further improvements and to replicate this experience in other Brazilian areas.

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  • Mentore Vaccari & Vincenzo Torretta & Carlo Collivignarelli, 2012. "Effect of Improving Environmental Sustainability in Developing Countries by Upgrading Solid Waste Management Techniques: A Case Study," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(11), pages 1-10, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:11:p:2852-2861:d:21019
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    Cited by:

    1. Marco Ragazzi & Riccardo Catellani & Elena Cristina Rada & Vincenzo Torretta & Xavier Salazar-Valenzuela, 2014. "Management of Municipal Solid Waste in One of the Galapagos Islands," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(12), pages 1-16, December.
    2. Elena Cristina Rada & Marco Ragazzi & Paolo Stefani & Marco Schiavon & Vincenzo Torretta, 2015. "Modelling the Potential Biogas Productivity Range from a MSW Landfill for Its Sustainable Exploitation," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(1), pages 1-14, January.
    3. repec:spr:scient:v:105:y:2015:i:2:d:10.1007_s11192-015-1714-3 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Vincenzo Torretta, 2014. "The Sustainable Use of Water Resources: A Technical Support for Planning. A Case Study," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(11), pages 1-21, November.
    5. Vincenzo Torretta & Navarro Ferronato & Ioannis A. Katsoyiannis & Athanasia K. Tolkou & Michela Airoldi, 2016. "Novel and Conventional Technologies for Landfill Leachates Treatment: A Review," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(1), pages 1-39, December.

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    Keywords

    waste management; sustainability; collection; scavengers; social aspects;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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