Since November 2023, none of the terminal’s waste has been sent to landfills

For more than six months, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) has been directing all the waste produced at the terminal to recycling, treatment or reuse. With the inauguration of the Waste Collection Center in January 2024, the Terminal completely stopped sending the waste generated in the operation to landfills, thus becoming “Landfill Zero”.

TCP’s Waste Collection Center has 120 square meters of floor space and capacity for 42 IBCs (containers with a capacity of 1,000 liters) and aims to store the waste generated in a safe and sustainable manner, ensuring that 100% of contaminated materials are disposed of correctly.

As well as eliminating the risk of polluting the soil and water, the treatment and proper segregation of waste also promotes the recycling economy, generating income for collectors and giving a new life to materials which, once processed, can be used in the production of other objects and goods.

TCP’s occupational safety, health and environment manager, Kayo Zaiats, points out that “making the Terminal a ‘Zero Landfill’ company reflects our commitment to environmental preservation and responsible waste management, attitudes that are already having a positive impact on the entire Parnanguara community and the ecosystem around the port region”.

TCP action collects almost a ton of waste from the banks of the Itiberê River

Now in its sixth edition, the Environmental Paddle has become a traditional closing event of the Internal Environment Week (SIMA), held annually by TCP.

With the support of more than 100 volunteers from the Terminal and the Parnanguara community, the 2024 Environmental Paddle, held in April, removed 996 kilos of waste from the banks of the Itiberê River. Of this total, 596 kilos were recyclable material, which was sent to the Nova Esperança Collectors and Recyclers Association on Valadares Island.

“The Environmental Paddle is an initiative that meets one of TCP’s pillars, which is to encourage environmental protection and education, as we mobilize employees and the Paranaguá community to work together for the preservation of a natural heritage that is extremely important for Paranaguá,” adds Zaiats.

Isabelle Veloso Sousa