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Thanks to Brazil’s National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS), over half of all municipal solid waste collected in Brazil is now being disposed of in an environmentally appropriate fashion, in landfills. Between 2010 and 2014, the Federal Government – through its Environment Ministry, its Ministry of Cities, and the National Health Foundation (FUNASA) – has invested R$ 1.2 billion to implement the PNRS. Accordingly, the number of municipalities with environmentally appropriate disposal practices doubled, from 1,090 in 2008 to 2,200 in 2013.
As a means of doing away with improper municipal solid waste disposal systems and encouraging waste sorting and recycling, R$ 600 million has been spent to help develop and implement state and local solid waste management projects.
Cities whose populations are under 20,000 receive special treatment under the law and are approved to create simplified plans. In addition, the Brazilian federal government supports the formation of public consortia to make integrated solid waste management in these municipalities more feasible.