Solid Residues Management

Young communitarians selecting recyclable material | Photo: Venina Savedra/FAS

FAS seeks to promote consumer awareness and proper disposal of solid waste produced in the riverside communities. Through the Solid Waste Management Project, activities are carried out in Conservation and Sustainability Centers (CSC) the RDS Rio Negro, Reserve, do Uatumã, Mamirauá, em parceria com a Samsung. In the Environmental Protection Area (APA) do Rio Negro and RDS Archives Conquista, the activity receives support from Tetra Pak. The project encourages and guides students from distant communities to separate and deposit solid waste – plastic packages, cans of various types and batteries – the Voluntary Delivery Points of FAS Centers. The goal is to reduce the disposal made directly into rivers and backyards, through simple solutions for the management of solid waste in riverside communities in the Amazon.

On 2016, FAS built Voluntary Delivery Points in New Canaan communities, Boa Esperança, Lake Chita, Santa Maria, São Sebastião, Pagodão and Sao Tome, located in the Rio Negro APA and RDS Puranga Conquest. Three United in the community, the Screening Center has two manual presses, that compress the volume occupied by waste. In isolated communities, the batteries are the main source of power radios and flashlights, and they have reserved space after they cease to be used. On 2017 were collected 3.650 kg residues in CUs, that through the joint FAS, They were donated to recycling associations in Manaus. So, while there is conservation of the environment in the communities, there is social inclusion of waste pickers in capital.