C40 City Solutions Platform - Rio de Janeiro - Waste Management

The treatment and final disposal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) has been a challenge for most Brazilian municipalities, with 41.6% of all MSW generated in the country being disposed of improperly. COMLURB (the municipal waste company) is currently building and implementing a pilot plant, which aims to establish the first national technology for the treatment of organic fraction of MSW with biogas and composting production, linking sanitation to power generation. The main challenge is the technical and economic feasibility of the technology developed in the pilot project. If proven to be technical and economically feasible, this technology could be installed at plants with similar capacities in hundreds of municipalities in developing countries. The city of Rio de Janeiro will use the City Solutions Platform (CSP) to implement a financial, social and environmental solution to treat the organic fraction of its waste, which represents over 50% in weight of total household waste. There are three parts to their challenge: - The implementation of a 1,500 t/day Mechanical Recovery Facility - The economic feasibility of an Upscaled Biomethanization Plant - The technical and economic Feasibility of Electric Compacting Trucks