Created: 17 April 2015

The planted trees industry has a history of very positive reverse logistics, with strong investments in sustainable practices, as it impacts the entire production chain, from forests to finished goods that reach the market. Evidence of that is the high level of paper recovery, achieving 56.6% of the total amount of paper consumed in the country likely to be recycled, which makes Brazil one of the largest paper recyclers in the world.

It is worth noting that there is a maximum limit of recycling capacity of the different kinds of paper that depend on some factors such as: the number of times the fiber can be recycled, virgin fiber that needs to be added to the recycling process to guarantee minimum quality standards, in addition to the fact that not all paper produced returns to the chain, such as books, documents and boxes used to store objects.

We believe planted trees are the future of renewable and recyclable raw material, which is friendly towards the environment, biodiversity and human life. The planted tree industry is ready to play its part in the PNRS.

The planted trees sector companies have policy of strict management of solid waste from its activities (forest and industry), to reduce the generation and ensure the best possible allocation thereof, meeting the legal requirements and certification for the subject.

In forestry, 99.7% of solid waste, mainly shells, twigs and leaves, are kept in the field for protection and fertilizing the soil.

In industry, 66% of the wastes are intended for power generation by burning in boilers to generate steam and possibly electrical energy to the production process, eliminating the use of the fossil fuel. Furthermore, 24.6% of the residues – mainly the production of sawn wood (wood chips and sawdust) and shavings paper – are reused as raw material by companies of the planted trees sector. Other residues, such as lime mud and boiler ash, representing 5.8%, are reused for other industrial sectors, for example, the production of cement and recycled fuel oil.

I order to disseminate good practices, contribute to the information access, guide the public interest in the proper disposal of waste from construction; Ibá has produced and released, with various partners support, the booklet “Wood Waste Management Industrialized in Construction”.