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firsThe International Forum of Solid Waste - FIRS has established itself as the most important technical and scientific event in Brazil in the theme of solid waste. It presents a broad view of the subject, ranging from academic studies to governmental and business views. Its purpose is to disseminate and deepen knowledge that addresses the causes of the existence of solid waste, thus provoking reflection that will raise awareness of its consequences for the historically - and socially-built relationship between society and nature.

The search for solutions for the adequate management of solid waste has been a challenge, both for the public and private sectors. There is concern especially about the pollution of water resources, but also about understanding the mechanisms of biodegradation of the reject mass and its influence on the behavior of landfills and, by extension, the life of the populations.

Waste deposited in "dumps", in addition to emitting greenhouse gases, as presented in the previous edition of the FIRS, are sources of pollution of groundwater and soil. Waste decomposition may extend for decades after deactivation, increasing the potential for contamination of water resources. After the pollutants are part of the predominant groundwater flow system, they follow the water table until they reach surface waters, producing significant changes in aquatic species and human health.

The eighth edition of FIRS is essential to continue the discussions that started in the previous editions, to disseminate and deepen knowledge about solid waste and to meet the demands of public policies, waste generators, industries, the waste management chain, and environmental technology research and development centers.


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About Curitiba

The capital of Paraná is a metropolis with almost 2 million inhabitants. The fundamental trait that defined the profile of Curitiba was the arrival of immigrants from the most varied backgrounds. Europeans, Asians and Africans contributed to the formation of the city's population, economic, social and cultural structure. In the same way, people from all Brazilian regions also moved to Curitiba and helped build its image.

Built on a plateau 934 meters above sea level, devoid of landscape landmarks offered by nature, Curitiba ended up creating its main references through science and human craft. Here, thought is given to urban life from the humanist point-of-view that the city belongs primarily to its inhabitants. The people of Curitiba, a melting pot of foreigners from all over the world and Brazilians from every corner, teach the art of coming together and living harmoniously in daily life.






The model that has been maintained since its first edition is in the form of lectures and panels, interspersed with intervals —"coffee and prose" — and time left at the end for questioning by the public to the speakers; scientific work presented both orally and on posters; case presentation and sustainable showcase. From different aspects, all these activities address the common theme of solid waste and the environment.

The speakers and guests of the event are a selected group of academic and scientific authorities in their respective areas, as well as entrepreneurs and representatives of companies with outstanding activity in the area of solid waste.


  • Outlook of Solid Waste Management in Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Solid Waste Disposal and Water Resource Quality


  • Consortium and Private-Public Partnership: Tools for Solid Waste Solutions


  • Reverse Logistics in Brazil: Current and Future Scenario


  • Human Sustainability in Cities, Conscious Consumption and Social Responsibility


  • Environmental Education in the context of curricular changes in primary and secondary education


  • Practices and Management Tools in Organizations of Waste Pickers


  • Changes in environmental licensing at the state and federal level


  • Waste Management in Universities


  • Life Cycle Assessment as an Environmental Tool


To access the presentations of the previous edition - Click here