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The results of environmental liability recovery in micro watersheds would be compromised if there were not an effective action to deal with urban liquid and solid waste, represented by human sewage and dumpsites.

To address these issues, the Local Sanitation program was designed to set up and implement procedures and mechanisms to manage sanitation at Itaipu Binacional, besides drawing up models and strategies that could be incorporated by BP3 city administrations, thus helping improve the situation of Itaipu's area of influence in this regard.

Mitigating unhealthy conditions and environmental contamination in Itaipu's area of influence by itself justifies the creation of a program of this kind. The company's strategy was first to prioritize the search for environmentally correct solutions for the problems detected at the power plant. Once the internal problems were solved, the strategy moved on to encompass the BP3 area.

The following goals were set up to solve the power plant's internal problems:

- Provide proper destination for the residues generated at Itaipu's production, maintenance and administration departments, by decreasing, reclaiming and recycling such residues
- Recover the permanent preservation area along the Brasília Creek
- Provide Itaipu with proper environmental sanitation infrastructure equipped with sewage networks and treatment stations
- Improve basic sanitation at the Hydro Power Plant, Executive Center, the Eco-museum, the Visitors' Reception Center, and other Itaipu facilities, resulting in improved employee health

Besides keeping Itaipu's premises sanitized via routine services such as sweeping, gathering and disposal of waste generated, the main investments made by this program at Itaipu and in the BP3 were as follows:

- Implementation of a compact station to treat sewage at the Visitors' Reception Center (CRV), the Eco-museum, and the Dam
- Proper destination of sewage illegally dumped in the Bela Vista River by neighbors
- Environmentally correct disposal of biological waste
- Construction of fences to protect the woodland and mining areas at Vila C
- Renovation of the CRV Sewage Treatment Station
- Replacement of the Bela Visa River sewage network
- Water distribution system in the city of Santa Terezinha de Itaipu, Rio Bonito community
- Recovery of the Pinheirinho stream in the city of Toledo

The main result has been to have a healthy environment at Itaipu. Reaching this goal has been made possible also through the collection and donation of 7,000 kilos of recyclable materials every month (white paper, colored paper, cardboard paper, plastic cups, and soft and hard plastic), as well as the monthly average of 15,000 kilos generated by sweeping, collection and proper disposal of trash.

In addition to directly benefiting Itaipu employees and the people living in the area surrounding the power plant, the initiatives included in the program also help people who pick and sort recyclable materials, to whom the company donates the materials collected and recycled at the power plant.

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