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Pathways to Urban Sustainability: An Investigation of the Economic Potential of Untreated Household Solid Waste (HSW) in the City of São Paulo

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Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado University Center (UNIFECAP), 01502-001 São Paulo, Brazil
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School of Economics, Business and Accounting of the University of São Paulo (FEA/USP), 05508-010 São Paulo, Brazil
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Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5249; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135249
Received: 8 April 2020 / Revised: 19 June 2020 / Accepted: 23 June 2020 / Published: 28 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Municipal Solid Waste Management in a Circular Economy)
The depletion of natural resources, the useful life of landfill sites, and the amount of garbage accumulating all challenge public policy to manage urban solid waste. We identified the economic potential for unused solid waste (HSW) in São Paulo in 2018 to be USD 637,633,836.04 through descriptive quantitative research and documentary analysis in the collected data. This amount comes from five sources, with the majority coming from internalizing private cost credits (45.58%), followed by recycling (42.21%), carbon credits (5.46%), refuse-derived fuel (3.77%), and organic compounds (2.98%). This potential assumes the implantation of waste sorting plants that generate jobs, reduce public expenses, and provide environmental benefits such as forest protection, water, and minerals. The environmentally adequate final destination of HSW constitutes an economic and socio-environmental measure that enables the reverse logistics of the business sector and urban sustainability. Consequently, the economic potential of HSW, generated from its sorting and marketing, could provide a positive contribution with the mitigation of environmental impacts, in addition to income generation and social inclusion. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban sustainability; household solid waste; economic potential; gravimetry; São Paulo; Brazil; National Solid Waste Policy (NSWP) urban sustainability; household solid waste; economic potential; gravimetry; São Paulo; Brazil; National Solid Waste Policy (NSWP)
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Slomski, V.G.; Silva Lima, I.C.; Slomski, V.; Slavov, T. Pathways to Urban Sustainability: An Investigation of the Economic Potential of Untreated Household Solid Waste (HSW) in the City of São Paulo. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5249.

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