The Government of Paraná, through the Secretariat for Sustainable Development (Sedest), will promote the 17th Ordinary Meeting of the R-20 Group, which will take place on the 8th (Wednesday), from 8am to 5:30pm, in the Parque Atos Hall Barigui, in Curitiba. The event is open to the public and aims to discuss and propose solutions for the management of urban solid waste in Paraná.
The R-20 Group is a consultative body formed by representatives of the 399 municipalities and the Intermunicipal Urban Solid Waste Management Consortia from the 20 regions of the State Solid Waste Plan. The group works on topics such as environmental education, selective collection, social inclusion of collectors, reverse logistics, research, teaching, extension, final disposal of waste and consortia.
The Secretary of Sustainable Development, Valdemar Bernardo Jorge, spoke about the importance of the participation of municipal representatives and the population to get involved in this cause and attend the event.
“Solid waste management is a challenge for sustainable development and requires the participation of all sectors of society. The R-20 meeting is an opportunity to learn about the initiatives being carried out in Paraná and contribute with ideas and suggestions to improve waste management in our State”, he states.
This year, Sedest entered into a partnership with the Paraná Management School to certify the participation of each public servant in the event and provide a digital platform for dialogue with municipalities. The expectation is that around 300 people will participate in the meeting, which will feature lectures, debates and presentations of programs and projects related to solid waste.
Among the topics that will be covered are: Operation Percola (carried out by the Public Ministry and Instituto Água e Terra); NR38 (which deals with Occupational Safety and Health in urban cleaning and solid waste management activities and whose validity begins on January 2, 2024); Terms of Reference for the municipal environmental education program on solid waste (PMEARS); Conexões Project (sustainable disposal of carton packaging); enabling investments in the Solid Waste area; Term of Commitment for Reverse Logistics of Lead-Acid Batteries; Actions to adapt transshipment and construction of a warehouse for sorting recyclable materials; actions to promote reverse tire logistics (Association of Waste Tire Generators of Rio Negro – Agepin); and Fluorescent Lamps Reverse Logistics Program (collection of liabilities and implementation of PEVs).
The full event schedule can be accessed HERE.
For the Secretary of Agriculture, Environment, Industry and Commerce of Janiópolis (Mid-West), Luana Karoline Pereira, the expectation is very positive. “We hope to reap good results. These R-20 meetings are very objective, as they aim to solve our municipalities’ problems in solid waste management and other environmental issues,” she said. “Sometimes, the problems we are facing in Janiópolis some municipality has already managed to solve, so we will understand their solution and adapt it to our reality”, she says.
At the meeting, Luana Pereira will share her municipality’s experience with adapting transshipment and building a warehouse for sorting recyclable materials, the latter built with a contribution of R$300,000 from the State Government. “In addition to sharing experience, we want to seek agreements between smaller municipalities so that we can find joint solutions on urban solid waste issues,” she said.
In addition to these discussions and exchanges of experiences, there will be the election of the new secretariat of the R-20 Group, with a two-year mandate.
REGISTRATIONS – Registration for the event can be done directly at R-20 Group website. Those who wish to receive a Certificate with a course load issued by the School of Management must also register HERE.
R-20 MEMBERS – To participate in the R-20 Group, each municipality and Intermunicipal Solid Waste Management Consortium must nominate a full member and an alternate, with at least one of them being a statutory servant.
The nomination must be made through a letter signed by the mayor or the secretary responsible for the solid waste area. The document must contain the following data on the nominated members and the city hall: full name, position, email, landline telephone number, cell phone number, institutional email address of the city hall and the mayor.