The Edifício Vivo (Living Building) Program, by the American advisory company Cushman & Wakefield, collected 2.2 tons of hazardous waste in 2014, among them batteries and cell phones. This number is 57% above the registered in the previous year. Since 2010, when the project started, 10.2 tons of hazardous waste were collected. The company implemented the program in 32 commercial buildings it manages in the city of São Paulo and in some cities in the countryside of the State. The initiatives also included a environmentally friendly destination for about 60 tons of recyclable waste and of over 63,000 fluorescent lamps, just over 2014.

“Heavy metals contained in batteries, such as mercury, lead, zinc, when released in landfills and city dumps might contaminate the underground water”, says Priscila Aline de Souza, Consultant for Sustainability at Cushman & Wakefield.  According to her, thanks to the Edifício Vivo Program, such waste is properly dealt with through a partnership with Silcon Ambiental, a company expert in collection and transformation of this type of material.

For the collection, the company provides suitable containers and informative banners for every building involved. There can be also disposed palms, digital cameras and every type of lead-acid battery (used in no-breaks and phone centers). For the disposal of fluorescent lamps, C&W partners with Brasil Recicle. And, for proper forwarding of recyclable waste, the job is performed by the cooperative You Green.