Klabin participates in meeting on Solid Waste in Telêmaco Borba’s City Council
Paraná, March 20, 2019 – On Wednesday afternoon (20), upon invitation by councilman Élio Cesar Marcondes (Fubá), Klabin representatives participated in a meeting in the City Council of Telêmaco Borba on the disposal of solid waste in the city. Leaders of the Environmental Cooperative of Telêmaco Borba (COOPATB) and the Construction and Public Services secretary, João Henrique Kroll, also participated in the meeting.
At the meeting, they discussed the importance of recycling, the public’s role in separating materials and the importance of environmental education for waste management. Participants also addressed the difficulties in the city’s recycling program, which are part of the cause of the city’s low recycling rate. A key issue raised was the need to renew the operating permit for the cooperative facilities, which is used by recyclable-material collectors.
“Klabin will provide technical support to the city government to help the cooperative obtain the operating permit, which will make possible an immediate increase in the volume of material received from recyclable-material collectors,” said Júlio Nogueira, Sustainability and Environment manager at Klabin. Another important step, also led by the company, will be to implement a pilot recycling program in the neighborhoods of Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro (BNH) and Jardim Bandeirantes. Under the project, Klabin will distribute reusable packaging to households and support an environmental awareness campaign to engage the public and schools.
About Klabin’s Solid Waste Program
Developed in partnership with the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium, the program supports the management of solid waste in seven cities: Imbaú, Ortigueira, Reserva, Tamarana, Tibagi, Ventania and Telêmaco Borba.
Since the launch of the program’s action plans, Klabin has worked to conduct diagnoses of solid waste in each city; supplied structures and equipment such as sheds, waste collection trucks and materials to structure the recycling process in each city; and worked to train collectors and to form associations or cooperatives for organizing the effort. Upcoming steps in the program include obtaining the environmental licensing to make the Consortiumed Landfill a reality and providing environmental education on recycling in municipal schools.
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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