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The (un)shared responsibility in the reverse logistics of portable batteries: A Brazilian case

TitoloThe (un)shared responsibility in the reverse logistics of portable batteries: A Brazilian case
Tipo di pubblicazioneArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Anno di Pubblicazione2022
AutoriF. Castro, Duarte, B. Xavier Gomes, J. Cardeal Alexina do Carmo, B. Perpétuo Marcela Penha, L. Lopes Gomes, J. da Silva Lacerda, R. da Costa França Furtado, Cutaia Laura, and Vaccari M.
RivistaWaste Management
Parole chiavearticle, Artificial intelligence, Battery lifecycle, Brazil, Brazilian national solid waste policy, Circular economy, consultation, Consumer, economic aspect, education, Electric batteries, human, human experiment, life cycle, Logistics system, Municipal solid waste, Municipal waste, organization, questionnaire, responsibility, Reverse logistics, Shared responsibility, solid waste, Solid waste policies, stakeholder engagement, Surveys, Sustainability indicators, Sustainable development, Waste batteries, waste management, waste picker

The Brazilian National Solid Waste Policy (BNSWP) determines that reverse logistics (RL) of waste batteries is mandatory and adopts the principle of shared responsibility among stakeholders. In this work, we sought to diagnose the current state of the RL chain for batteries in Vale do Aço, Brazil, and identify challenges and potentialities related to its improvement. Data were obtained by means of questionnaires sent to the main stakeholders involved in the batteries RL chain and by consultation of official Brazilian databases. The results showed that the main obstacles to the implementation of the RL of portable batteries in the region are: the lack of information by consumers and retailers regarding the BNSWP and management of waste batteries; the existence of few collection and consolidation points in the region; lack of municipal waste management plans; and lack of sustainability of waste picker organizations. The identified potentialities were: the good receptivity of environmental education actions by the population; the possibility of taking advantage of direct logistics of local retail chains to collect waste; the existence of a special waste management and transportation company in the region; and the existence of waste picker organizations interested in integrating the RL system. Finally, by a SWOT analysis, strategies for the implementation of a more effective RL system were drawn up. This work can serve as a basis for the structuring and implementation of the batteries RL system at the Metropolitan Region of Vale do Aço (MRVA) and can be a reference for other settings. © 2022 Elsevier Ltd


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