Soya Recicla turns 10 years old

Created in 2006, the Soya Recicla program consolidated its position as the main Bunge recycling initiative as of 2014. The largest voluntary used cooking oil collection program in the country, Soya Recicla is in place in more than 40 municipalities in eight states (Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Ceará, Pará, Pernambuco and Minas Gerais); it is currently being implanted in another 23 municipal districts.

In 2015, the number of schools participating in the program was also expanded, in addition to which collection hotspots were installed in 20 municipal parks in Greater São Paulo. Overall, in 2015, a total of 2,188 active collection hotspots (10% up on 2014) collected 804,042 kg of oil, an 21% increase over the previous year. Since 2006, the program has collected more than 3 million kilograms of post-consumer vegetable oil. A total of 15.7 metric tons of PET packaging was collected, a volume increase of 35% compared with 2014.

The program enables Bunge to comply with the requirements of Brazil's national solid waste policy, as well as strengthening the company's partnerships with other groups dedicated to promoting recycling. One of these partnership involves Ultragaz and the Instituto Triângulo, in a campaign whose slogan translates as “Store Oil, Ultragaz Collects it, Soya Recycles it”. In operation in the municipalities of São Paulo, Bauru, Ourinhos and Ribeirão Preto in São Paulo; Salvador and Lauro de Freitas in Bahia; and Fortaleza and Caucaia in Ceará, Ultragaz gas trucks undertake the door-to-door collection of the oil used and collected by the public. For each two liters collected, participants in the campaign receive two bars of biodegradable soap which the Instituto Triângulo makes from recycled oil. In 2015, 173,086 liters of oil were collected and recycled in the participating districts, avoiding the incorrect disposal of this material.

Ser + Realizador

With the same focus on recycling as the Soya Recicla program, Bunge partners with Braskem in the Ser + Realizador program, together with companies such as Ambev and Gerdau, in addition to the support service for micro and small companies Sebrae (Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas).

In the program, Bunge works on training and process improvement for recycling associations and cooperatives, aimed at promoting the social and economic insertion of recyclable material pickers. In Porto Alegre, we worked with the local government on the Todos Somos Porto Alegre (We are All Porto Alegre), aimed at protecting and driving the inclusion of urban waste pickers, carters, recyclers and others. This partnership with Sebrae is also in place in Salvador, helping to reduce social and economic inequalities, as well as the environmental impact of solid waste through the engagement of recycling cooperatives.

In 2015, the movement was extended to Minas Gerais, Paraná and Pernambuco where Bunge invested directly in improvements for the cooperatives Asmare (electrical installations); Rede Cataparaná (acquisition of equipment); and the Associação Padre José Salvat (civil works).



"Bunge's investment has brought a smile back to the association's face. It not only improved infrastructure, but also helped restore the dignity of each member of the cooperative. Everyone is very pleased and thankful for this amazing contribution"

Dona Vânia – Associação Padre José Salvar

"I've worked with the association for 16 years and we have always had problems with the electrical installations, which were really old. Bunge's investment in correcting this problem was extremely important for Asmare because it will help prevent accidents, such as short circuits and fires. And it will enable us to install new equipment to facilitate our work. We are really pleased about this."

Edilon Joaquim da Silva, Asmare waste picker



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Cempre Partnership

Since 2011, Bunge has been an active member of Cempre (Business Commitment to Recycling), a not-for-profit business association dedicated to raising public awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste. Some of Cempre's main achievements in 2015 were:

  • Coordination of the work done by the Coalizão Empresarial (Enterprise Coalition) aimed at driving compliance with Brazil's national solid waste policy by means of the packaging and electric/electronic industry agreement signed in November 2015.
  • Organization of the 11th Cempre Recycling Seminar, where representatives from public authorities, companies, academia and waste picker cooperatives had the opportunity to see different industry initiatives promoting integrated solid waste management.
  • Participating actively in the COP 21 agenda, Cempre – in partnership the Inter-ministerial Committee for the Social and Economic Inclusion of Reusable and Recyclable Material Pickers organized by the Secretary to the Government of the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of the Environment  – promoted the seminar “Integrated Solid Waste Management with the Social and Economic Inclusion of Pickers  – Climate Conscious Sustainable Development in Practice”.
  • Broad participation in events in Brazil, Latin America and Europe, through the organization of talks for governments, companies and academics, among others.
  • Technical support for a number of local governments in Brazil in the implantation of integrated urban solid waste management projects.

Reverse logistics in the food industry

In November 2015, a sectoral agreement was signed between both users and manufacturers of plastic packaging and the Ministry of the Environment; this agreement aims to enhance post-consumer packaging recycling in the country. Reverse logistics is an important instrument proposed by the country's national solid waste policy, driving the principle of shared responsibility for the product life cycle.  Bunge participates in this industry agreement, represented by the foods and vegetable oils sector associations.