Invited Session: Circular Economy

Recovery of Inorganic Residues for Commercialization in Lima (0.5 CEU)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:15 – 10:45
Room 319

Moderator: Arne Ragossnig, Managing Partner, UTC UmweltTechnik und GeoConsulting ZT GmbH, Austria

It is often reported that the existing organizational systems for inorganic waste recovery are currently dominated by the informal sector (companies, workers and activities operating outside the legal and regulatory frameworks governing economic activity). This evaluation investigates and describes the systems actually found during the period of application in the city of Lima. The techniques of data collection were:

  1. Surveys: The probabilistic sampling method with the simple random type was considered for all the players in the recycling pyramid.
  2. Interviews: Open and simple to the authorities and actors in the recycling chain

Considering the reduction of the municipal cost for selective collection if not directly offered, it is proposed to convince the actors in the recycling chain to cooperate to formalize the system and to energize the local market. This process is part of the negotiation where the private competition complements the public one. Conclusions under consideration of three themes:

  1. Supply and Production
  2. Distribution and Consumption
  3. Chain Mapping

We propose the implementation of a model under the following guidelines:

  • Formality
  • Sustainability
  • Investment in people
  • Traceability
  • Articulation of productive development
  • Document quantities

By attending this presentation, participants will better be able to determine under which system of organization the recovery of marketable inorganic waste is developed, to contribute to the creation of an inclusive management model for the sustainable development of the recycling activity in North Lima.


Alberto Huiman, Geographical Engineer, Peru Waste Innovation S.A.C.

Alberto Huiman

Alberto Huiman has a Master’s degree in environmental science, majoring in management and environmental regulation of land use. He is a Ph.D. student of environmental science. He is a qualified as international waste speaker by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). He has received scholarships to present at conferences related to wastewater and solid waste at places as diverse as Colombia, the U.S. and Singapore. He has pursued studies in the Netherlands and at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico. He also has presented at prior ISWA conferences in Belgium, Brazil, Serbia and Italy. He was given the award for Best Scientific Paper at the “World Resources Forum in 2016” in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the award for Best Oral Paper at the “V Inter-American Solid Waste Congress in 2013”, in Lima, Peru.