From now on, the recycling goal will be annual, with a minimum collection of 1,500 kg of composites expected in 2018.
“We are pleased with the result, because we have been able to implement an effective reverse logistics model for composites, even in a scenario of intense economic downturn. It is a globally innovative initiative that can be replicated not only in other states, but also throughout Latin America,” said Gilmar Lima, president of ALMACO.
At first, the program includes the reverse logistics of bus components, such as roofs, railings, and bumpers. 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 nine companies of composites production chain: Ashland, CPIC, Jushi, Marcopolo, Mascarello, Morquímica, Neobus, Owens Corning e 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).