Reducing landfill waste and increasing recycling rates

Case study

Solid Waste Management Systems through Social Inclusion: The case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s third largest city and one of the largest in Latin America. Like many other urban centers in the country, it has experienced a sustained population growth from the 1960’s to present day. This growth was accompanied by a substantial increase in solid waste and trash generation, which resulted in serious environmental and health problems for its residents. In 1990, the city produced approximately 0.2 kg of waste per capita and “landfilled” almost 1050 tons a day. This was projected to grow by 120 percent in the coming decade.