Waste Management

Copel has a waste management process that aims to promote the correct management of solid waste, from generation to final disposal; prevent negative environmental impacts and maximize the positive ones, meeting the legal requirements and the conditions of the environmental licensing of the projects.

As established by the National Solid Waste Policy, the Company has a Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for its projects, thus shaping macro policies for the specifics of each location. Management related to solid waste involves periodically reviewing legal requirements and environmental conditions, identifying good practices and opportunities in the sector, planning activities, verifying compliance and constantly improving the process.

The amount of waste generated is periodically monitored through control systems. These residues are stored in specific locations until they are disposed of.

For the destination of recyclable administrative waste, priority is given to delivery to associations of recyclable material collectors, through Solidarity Selective Collection, while for organic material, the priority is composting.

Solid Waste Management Manual

Waste Generation

The main waste generated in the Company’s operations are: copper and aluminum cables, poles, concrete crosses, ceramic insulators, batteries, insulating mineral oil, pruning waste and also useless equipment, such as: transformers, voltage regulators, circuit breakers and the like.

The waste generated in the implementation of new ventures is managed by the company hired to carry out the work. In these cases, Copel requires the presentation and approval of the Civil Construction Waste Management Plan – PGRCC and, at the end of the work, the presentation of the management report, proving the execution of the plan and compiling the transport manifests, certificates of final destination and environmental licenses.

In administrative activities, organic waste and tailings are sent through composting, contracting or municipal collection and recyclable waste is donated to recycling cooperatives, through the Solidary Selective Collection program.

Manual for Transporting Hazardous Substances

The material aims to orient the employees involved in the transportation of hazardous substances about the procedures required by the norms and legislation.

Waste Destination

The destination of the waste generated by the Company is carried out giving priority to the reuse and recycling processes, as recommended by the National Solid Waste Policy.

For waste that presents some characteristic that represents a risk to public health and the environment, the final destination is made for contracted companies that prove technical qualification and environmental licensing.

The table below shows the main waste generated in operating activities of Copel Distribuição and the methods of final disposal adopted.

ResidueFinal Destination Method
PCB-contaminated wasteDecontamination and/or Incineration

Network transformers and other operating


Batteries Recycling

Soil and gravel contaminated by insulating

mineral oil

Co-processing and/or Landfill for Class I waste
Concrete posts and crosspiecesRecycling
Concrete crossheadRecycling
Aluminum scrapRecycling 
Iron/steel scrapRecycling
Copper scrapRecycling 
Pruning WasteComposting and/or Landfill for Class II waste