Recycling Rates in Brazil
Recycling Rates in Brazil

CEMPRE gathers and makes available recycling rates for recyclable materials in Brazil, being a reference for public policies and for society in general.



of all plastic produced in Brazil in 2020 was recycled.

The volume of post-consumer plastic resin produced in the country in 2020 was approximately 884 thousand tons.


Steel Cans


of steel cans consumed in Brazil were recycled in 2019.

About 200 thousand tons of post-consumer steel cans are returned to the recycling process and more than 9 million tons of post-consumer steel are transformed into new steel.




of aluminum cans were recycled in 2021.

In 2021, practically all cans that were placed on the market returned to the production cycle: around 33 billion cans.

Of the 415 thousand tons of cans sold in the period, 409 thousand tons were recycled.

Brazil is the country that contributes the most to aluminum recycling.


Carton Packages


was the percentage of carton packages recycled in Brazil in 2020.

Carton is a renewable material made from wood.​

The packages are fully recyclable and contain up to 80% of materials from renewable sources.




was the recycling rate for paper in general, in 2019.

Brazil is among the main paper recycling countries in the world.

In 2018, 5.1 million tons returned to the production process.

The overall recycling rate for paper is 66.9% (2019). If we only consider packaging paper, this index is around 85%.




It was the rate os glass recycling in 2018 that was published by Brazilian Glass Association – Abividro at Planares (National Plan for Solid Waste).


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CEMPRE works to promote recycling, circular economy, reverse logistics and the concept of shared responsibility in solid waste management provided for in the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS), working with the private sector, the public sector and the civil society. Over its three decades of existence, CEMPRE has developed several publications to support environmental education for recycling, manuals for waste picker cooperatives and public agents, and the traditional Ciclosoft Survey, which represents the largest database on selective collection in the country.