Gilmar Lima, President of the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO), and Antonio Bonetti, Secretary of the Environment and Water Resources of Paraná, signed on 25/08, in Curitiba, Brazil, the term of commitment that puts into practice the post-consumer reverse logistics program for composite parts.
Created in late 2014 by ALMACO, the post-consumer reverse logistics program for composite parts covers Curitiba and other 29 cities, and initially comprises bus components such as ceilings, railings and bumpers. During the first year, the expectation is to perform the reverse logistics of five tons of composites, whose final destination will be the co-processing in cement kilns, an alternative recognised as environmentally friendly.
“This work is the result of ALMACO and some visionary companies efforts, and a government agency that is willing to do something different and for the good of all. Through dialogue, engagement and exchange of knowledge, we reached a common goal,” said Lima.
The inspection starts from now, and responsibility for post-consumer becomes of the part of manufacturers. “If they do not join the program, they will be subject to expensive fines, similar to what happened in the segment of tires and oil filters,” said Paulo Camatta, Executive Manager of ALMACO. Infraction notices for companies that failed to comply with the reverse logistics agreement have already been registered in Paraná. According to Camatta, ALMACO will also advise its members to purchase raw materials only from manufacturers registered in the program.
ALMACO explains that the practical aspects of the project will be under the responsibility of Geoquímica, which is the company responsible for collecting the post-consumer composite parts at bus workshops and ensure their correct disposal. Located in São José dos Pinhais, Geoquímica already works with the reverse logistics of lubricant packaging and automotive filters.
The plan drawn up by ALMACO has the support of Masimon consulting and twelve companies of composites production chain: Ashland, CPIC, Jushi, Marcopolo, Mascarello, Morquímica, MVC, Neobus, Owens Corning, Reichhold, Royal Polymers and Tecnofibras. Also support the project the National Association of Bus Manufacturers (FABUS) and the Industry Interstate Association of Rail and Highway Material and Equipment (SIMEFRE).
“The works related to reverse logistics are based on tripartite committees. In addition to an industry association, such as ALMACO, it also requires the participation of government bodies. In our case, the Environmental Department of Paraná (SEMA) and the Environmental Institute of Paraná (IAP),” said Camatta.