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Results Briefs August 24, 2018

Improving Urban Solid Waste Treatment in Brazil: $50 million in IBRD Sustainable Development Bonds

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Results from the World Bank Treasury

  • Purpose: To improve the treatment and final disposal of urban solid waste.
  • IBRD Financing: $50 million
  • Expected Results: Closing of dumps and construction of modern and safe landfills.

Integrated Solid Waste & Carbon finance

In 2007, only 39% of cities in Brazil had adequate solid waste treatment and disposal facilities. The objective of this project is to improve the treatment and final disposal of municipal solid waste in Brazil including reducing methane emission.

This project supports:

  • the closing of open dumps and the construction and operation of modern and environmentally safe landfills or alternatives to waste disposal improved municipal solid waste management practices
  • reduction of poverty among waste pickers
  • increased private sector participation in solid waste service provision
  • capacity building of the federal executing agency Caixa Economica Federal to manage carbon finance projects
  • the capture of methane emissions in at least three landfills

As for results so far, a new landfill (Santa Rosa) was built resulting in 2 open dumps being closed and capture and flaring of methane emissions equivalent to 795,000 metric tons of C02.


$50 million

Learn more about the role of IBRD Financing and how the World Bank Treasury contributes to the overall mission of the World Bank Group.