State of Sao Paulo advances solid waste management obligations through the Waste Transport Manifest

Sao Paulo’s State Secretariat for Infrastructure and Environment (“SIMA”) launched guidelines for the implementation of the Waste Transport Manifest (“MTR”) within the State System for Online Management of Solid Waste (“SIGOR”), through SIMA’s Resolution No. 27/2021.

The Resolution is applicable to those defined therein as users, namely, the waste generators subject to the elaboration of a Solid Waste Management Plan, the waste transporters, and those responsible for waste disposal areas.

This Resolution aims to adapt the Waste Transport Manifest, established on a national basis by the Ministry of Environment’s Ordinance No. 280/2020, to the particularities of the State of Sao Paulo, promoting its integration with the Certificate for Movement of Waste of Environmental Interest (“CADRI”) and with the Technical Opinion for the Import of Waste of Environmental Interest.

In sum, the users defined above must: (i) indicate those responsible for the system’s operation; (ii) include the information within their scope of activities; (iii) keep the information updated; and (iv) meet the legally established deadlines and obligations.

The issuance of MTR Reports will integrate the Declaratory System and the State Waste Inventory, and the information generated in SIGOR will be made available at a national level, within the National Information System on Solid Waste Management (“SINIR”).

Failure to comply with the obligations set forth in the Resolution will subject users to sanctions in the different spheres of environmental liability (civil, criminal, and administrative), as applicable for each case.

Demarest’s Environmental Law team is available to provide support with further information and for the definition of measures to be adopted on a case-by-case basis.