Reverse logistics and the sectoral agreement of packaging industry in Brazil towards a transition to circular economy

Patricia Guarnieri, Jorge Streit, Luciano Batista

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The objective of this article is to describe the first phase of the implementation of the Sectoral Agreement of Reverse Logistics of Packaging in Brazil, from the perspective of the transition to the circular economy. For this purpose, a case study was carried out, considering as analysis unit the Brazilian sectoral agreement of reverse logistics of packaging. The data collection was conducted through documental analysis and interviews with waste pickers associations, managers in the business sector and government representatives, who are the key signatories of the agreement in focus. The results were triangulated in order to show different perspectives unveiled by the research sources and methods. The analysis of results was carried out based on content analysis proposed by Bardin (1977), in which categories were defined a priori and adjusted a posteriori. The main results show that the concept of circular economy, although not formally expressed in the Brazilian law and sectoral agreement, guides the actions developed by the signatories of the agreement. This article can serve as an input for researchers and practitioners interested in sectoral agreements in Brazil and in developing countries, as well as input for managers in the public and private sectors and other key stakeholders concerned with the implementation of reverse logistics under relevant legislations on solid waste management that reinforce transitions to the circular economy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104541
JournalResources, conservation and recycling
Early online date12 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

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  • circular economy
  • Brazilian Policy of Solid Waste
  • Recycling of packaging waste
  • Reverse logistics
  • Sectoral agreement of reverse logistics of packaging
  • Shared responsibility


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  • Best Paper Award

    Batista, Luciano (Recipient), Streit, Jorge (Recipient) & Guarnieri, Patricia (Recipient), 20 Jul 2021

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