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Bento will be the first city in Brazil to transform organic waste into energy

A project that will make Bento Gonçalves a national reference in terms of environmental preservation and, break, will solve a problem that has been worsening in recent years. 30 years in every city in the world: the trash. The Solid Waste Plant will operate in the same location where the current transshipment is located, in the Pomarosa neighborhood, and it should become a milestone in the municipality's recent history, both for its innovation and positive impact on the environment and in the management of public resources – it will be the first project of this type in the country. Mayor Guilherme Pasin met the press last Tuesday, day 31, to detail how the initiative will work, whose bid was launched this week.

The work will not bring any cost to the municipal public coffers, on the contrary: will provide savings. No need to transport the 110 tons of organic and mixed waste that the city produces, average, every day to the landfill of Minas do Leão, almost R$ 2 millions will be saved a year, in addition to other R$ 330 thousand paid for the disposal of waste. The energy generated from the thermochemical process that will eliminate 90% of the volume of garbage is more than enough to meet public demand: that is, all electricity consumed by the buildings belonging to the city hall, including schools and health posts, and for public lighting.


A concern that arose after the first information about the project, that the plant would generate pollution and could affect the surroundings – in which Vale dos Vinhedos is located – and one of the main local economic activities, the tourism, is unfounded, guarantees the city hall. "There will be no visual or tourist impact. It's a lean plant, aesthetically pleasing, which will reduce 90% of organic waste volume through a thermochemical process called pyrolysis. Every circuit is closed, without exposure of waste or generation of smoke or any other substance", explains Mayor Guilherme Pasin.

The bidding remains open until the day 17 of September. After the deadlines set by law have passed, the maximum time for completion of the work is one year. The administrative concession, that is, ceding the land for developers to build and manage the site, is valid for 35 years old. After this period, the equity will be incorporated into the assets of the city.

"There are five levels related to solid waste. the plateau 1 equivalent to dumps or landfills and is what Brazil practices today. the plateau 5 is a technique called plasma pyrolysis., which is already being applied in Germany but which requires an unfeasible financial investment. The project we are implementing in Bento is at the level 4. It's spectacular, it will bring a series of benefits to the city and will make it a national reference in terms of environmental preservation”, clarifies Pasin.


During project presentation, the deputy mayor Aido Bertuol, who was already mayor of Bento in the decades of 1980 e 1990, remembered the problems that the production of garbage has brought to the city in the last few 30 years old, among which the banning of at least three landfills and the environmental impact that the practice caused, until today not minimized.


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