Questions and Answers about Reverse Logistics

Reverse logistics is here to stay, and experts argue that the expansion we have seen is just the beginning of a revolution in waste reuse technologies.

Much has been said about sustainability and smarter ways of working on the environmental and social impact of business.

One of the topics most discussed today is, without doubt, the reverse logistics. It is a concept that, although innovative, seeks to imitate the way nature treats the matter in general. Let’s know more about it?

Know the concept of reverse logistics

Reverse logistics is the term to the product management process after the end of its life cycle, seeking to neutralize its environmental impact. Usually, this process is done from the collection of unusable products by the company that produced them.

Mandatory and difficult implementation

In Brazil, the practice of reverse logistics is not yet compulsory for all companies. However, some organizations have an obligation to implement these systems for their products. According to law 12,305 / 2010, reverse logistics is mandatory for companies that work with:

  • Agrochemicals, their residues, and packaging;
  • Batteries;
  • Tires;
  • Lubricating oils, their residues, and packaging;
  • Fluorescent lamps, sodium and mercury vapor and mixed light;
  • Electronic products and their components;

Products marketed in plastic, metal or glass containers.

Although only those sectors mentioned above are obligatory, companies need to be attentive to the publication of new sectoral agreements, since they can modify the list of companies required to practice reverse logistics.

How to apply the reverse logistics of the PET bottle and generate income?

What difficulty?

The most significant difficulty is undoubtedly the establishment of the logistics system that will collect the materials, since in general, to remove small quantities of materials in geographically distinct areas, ends up generating a very high cost.

Learn the Advantages of Reverse Logistics

A reverse logistics system can have many advantages for the company that implements it since it can represent a competitive or strategic differential since there are cases where the waste ends up adding value to the operation of the company.

There is also the question of the company’s image, which is favored when it practices and discloses reverse logistics.

Plan your implementation

It is necessary first to understand the path made by the products from entering the productive cycle of the company until its disposal by the end user. Once the product lifecycle is designed, the company can plan the best way to collect and allocate each waste.

Possibility of financial gains

Yes, a lot. There are companies that derive much value from the waste from the products collected.

An example of this is the companies that produce energy by the co-processing method, using waste tires and other materials.