Environmental and financial impacts of the implementation of solid waste management in a steel complex: a case study

ABSTRACT This study aimed to analyze the process of implementation of solid waste management plan (SWMP) in a steel complex, in order to identify possible financial gains associated with environmental gains. To reach the proposed objective, a qualitative, descriptive and analytical research was carried out, adopting action-research as a strategy. The methodological resources used were bibliographical, documentary and field research. Results allow to survey and classify the waste generated by the complex, to know its nature, relevant legislation and treatment methods; to monitor the implementation process of the new waste treatment plan; and to analyze the financial impacts associated with environmental gains. The indicators analysis showed that by 2014, the cost of waste management expenses was greater than revenues. In 2015, with the implementation of the SWMP, there was an increase in revenues from the sale of recyclable waste and a reduction of waste treatment costs, showing that it is possible, with a collective and focused work, to meet environmental legislation and also bring a financial return to the company.