Zero waste program. more than 800 landfills were closed throughout Brazil

The National Zero Landfill Program has surpassed the mark of 800 landfills closed across the country, according to information from the Ministry of Environment (MMA).

Zero waste program. more than 800 landfills were closed throughout Brazil

Of the 3,257 existing landfills, 809 have already been closed, which is 25%, allowing solid waste to be increasingly designated. In this way, recyclables return to the production cycle, organics are used in the production of biogas and biofertilizers through composting and biodigestion.

There is still a part of the waste that is intended for the production of other types of energy, the Ministry of Environment explains. The volume of garbage produced by the population of Brazil reaches approximately 82 million tons per year. To reach this total, each Brazilian contributes an average of 1 kg of municipal solid waste per day.

Waste management

According to the Ministry of Environment (MoE), the program contributes to the improvement municipal solid waste management, through its integrated management, selective collection, recycling, reverse logistics, energy recovery and proper disposal of waste in the environment.

The initiative also envisages actions to minimize environmental impacts resulting from the impact of municipal solid waste on natural resources. In addition, it also aims to make the necessary changes for proper disposal, thus ensuring the quality of the environment and the health of the population, explains the Ministry of Environment (MoE).

Combined action

According to the Ministry of Environment, municipalities are responsible for the management of landfills (MMA:). However, a regional arrangement is organized together with states, municipalities and public consortia that allow for scale, cost reduction, and distribution of human and material resources to deliver more profit at greater speed.

responsibility of the municipality

As preliminary measures for the closure of landfills, the municipality carries out fencing of the area, surface drainage and appropriate vegetation. Thus, it is possible to avoid new inputs of waste in the area, the Ministry of Environment details (MMA:). After the closure, it is necessary to plan the restoration of the contaminated area, the official disclosure highlights.


The recently launched National Information System for Solid Waste Management (SINIR+) brings a series of specialized links with dynamic maps, interactive dashboards, instant reports and financial lines accessible to all federal departments, the Ministry of Environment (MMA) reports.

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