BNH neighborhood begins selective waste collection using bags donated by Klabin
Company’s solid waste program in partnership with the Municipal Government of Telêmaco Borba mobilized the region last Saturday
Paraná, August 22, 2019 – The neighborhood of Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro – BNH in Telêmaco Borba started selective waste collection this week. This was possible because reusable bags were distributed for sorting and disposing of recyclable materials during a campaign held on August 17.The action is part of Klabin’s Solid Waste Program, implemented in partnership with the Caminhos do Tibagi Intermunicipal Consortium.
Around 150 volunteers went door-to-door to distribute 800 bags, each with capacity of 200 liters. Henceforth, every Tuesday, starting from 7 a.m., a truck will drive around the neighborhood collecting recyclable materials. The bags of each household will be emptied and returned to residents. The system has already been functioning successfully at Jardim Bandeirantes, the first neighborhood where selective waste collection was implemented. BNH residents who were not at home during the distribution of bags may collect their bags at the Péricles Pacheco da Silva Municipal School.
The president of the Association of BNH Residents, Maria de Lourdes Mariano Joia, was impressed by the organization and success of the event. “Our neighborhood welcomed the program and we will certainly improve waste sorting,” she said. Celso Maciel de Almeida, a BNH resident, praised the instructions given by volunteers: “More than the distribution of bags, society lacks people who can explain how to better separate waste.”
The initiative of the Solid Waste Program also relied on the participation of 45 students, aged 8 to 10, studying at the 3rd and 4th grades of the Péricles Pacheco da Silva Municipal School. After studying the theoretical part of the program, they visited the environmental cooperative and, on Saturday, put into practice all that they learned, guided by the school’s pedagogical coordinator, Irandy Penha Cezar Carneiro. “It was a gratifying experience,” said Irandy.
For Henrique Luvison Gomes da Silva, Sustainability and Environment coordinator at Klabin, the success of selective the waste collection methodology will motivate its expansion to other neighborhoods of the city. “After the distribution of bags, the quality of recyclable materials received at the cooperative has improved: materials well sorted, dried and without any residues of organic waste, such as water and food,” he said.
Volunteers from Klabin, the municipal government, the Telêmaco Borba Environmental Cooperative, the Monte Alegre Scout Group and teachers and students from the Péricles Pacheco Municipal School and Presidente Vargas State High School participated in the action.
Klabin’s Solid Waste Program
Implemented in partnership with the Caminhos do Tibagi Intermunicipal Consortium, the program aids solid waste management in seven cities: Imbaú, Ortigueira, Reserva, Tamarana, Tibagi, Ventania and Telêmaco Borba. Klabin focused on the diagnosis of solid waste in each city, supplied the structures and equipment such as sheds, waste collection trucks and materials to structure the recycling process in each city, and helped train collectors and form associations or cooperatives for organizing the efforts. The Program is also conducting the process of obtaining environmental license for the new Consortium Sanitary Landfill, besides promoting environmental education at municipal schools, with the focus on selective waste collection and recycling.
Klabin is Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of packaging paper, the leader in the corrugated board and industrial bag packaging segments, and the only company in the country offering one-stop shop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp. Founded in 1899, Klabin has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina. In Paraná alone, Klabin has generated over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in more than 25 cities close to its operations, especially in the Campos Gerais region.
Klabin pioneered the adoption of mosaic-based forest stewardship, which consists of planted forests interspersed with preserved native forests, forming ecological corridors that help to maintain the biodiversity. Klabin’s forest area in Paraná totals 342,000 hectares, 142,000 of which are native forests. Klabin also maintains an Ecological Park in the Monte Alegre Farm in Telêmaco Borba for research and conservation purposes, which provides shelter and rehabilitates wild animals that are the victims of accidents or abuse, thus supporting the efforts of environmental authorities. It also helps to preserve the region’s flora and fauna, including endangered species.
Klabin’s management is entirely guided by Sustainable Development. Klabin has implemented most of its social and environmental programs in the Campos Gerais region, notably Social Forests – Planning Sustainable Properties, Legal Forests, Solid Waste Project, Growing Up Reading, Caiubi Program, Força Verde Mirim and Environmental Protectors.
Klabin also supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that share its values of ethics, transparency and respect for sustainability principles.
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