Waste Management

Copel has a waste management process that aims to promote the correct management of solid waste, from generation to final destination; prevent negative environmental impacts and maximize positive ones, which makes it possible to meet both legal requirements and the conditions of environmental licenses.

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.

Copel adopts the 4 R principle for managing its waste, provided for in an internal standard for corporate waste management, implemented in 2009, which establishes that “all employees, when carrying out their activities at Copel, must adopt the consumption consciously practicing the concept of the ‘4 R´s’: rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle”. The Solid Waste Management Manual provides practical guidance on how the concepts of the 4 R’s can be applied.

Aiming to consolidate the waste management culture, workshops and training are held for teams, highlighting the guidelines of the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS), possible negative environmental impacts and benefits with proper waste management, thus creating space for dialogue, clarification of possible doubts and increased awareness and employee engagement on sustainable practices and encouragement to reduce waste generation, which are in addition to the Company’s ESG practices.

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

The material aims to provide guidance on the main procedures adopted by Copel for the environmentally appropriate management of solid waste generated in the Company's operational and administrative activities.

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 Generation

Copel’s main sources of waste generation are the implementation, operation and maintenance and deactivation of projects.

When implementing new projects, civil construction waste is generated, such as soil removed from the installation sites of structures, wood from the packaging of materials and equipment, other recyclable waste, such as plastics, paper and cardboard and metals, as well as paint and waste. solvents.

The operation and maintenance of projects generates plant waste from tree pruning under energy distribution and transmission networks, waste materials and replaced electrical and electronic equipment, such as batteries, meters, insulators, transformers, voltage regulators, circuit breakers and others. electrical equipment, metal scraps, cables, poles and crosses. Solid and liquid waste contaminated with oil and solvents is also generated from equipment maintenance.

Copel’s projects have Solid Waste Management Plans (PGRS), which consider both applicable legislation, the Company’s general guidelines and the specificities of each unit, guiding the correct management of its waste.

Waste generated in civil works and maintenance is managed by the contracted company responsible for execution. 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 (RFGRCC), proving the execution of the plan and compiling the environmental licenses, transport manifests and final destination certificates.

The deactivation of projects is responsible for the generation of the most varied types of waste, such as electrical equipment, conductor cables, poles and crosses, metal scrap, among others.

Administrative activities generate urban solid waste, such as recyclable waste (paper, plastic, glass and metals), organic waste and waste (food waste, gardening and sweeping waste, sanitary waste) and hazardous waste (batteries, fluorescent lamps , cartridges and printer toner), which are destined through composting, contracting or municipal collection and recyclable waste which is donated primarily to recycling cooperatives, through the Solidary Selective Collection program.

Waste Destination

The disposal of waste generated by the Company is carried out in accordance with the National Solid Waste Policy, observing the order of priority: non-generation, reduction, reuse, recycling, treatment of solid waste and, if there are no alternatives, environmentally appropriate final disposal.

For waste that presents some characteristic that represents a risk to public health and the environment, final disposal is carried out by contracted companies that demonstrate technical qualifications and environmental licensing.

The table below presents the main waste generated in operational activities and the final disposal methods adopted.

Type of waste

Destination method 

Paper, plastic, glass, metal scraps, batteries, electrical and electronic equipment, concrete poles and crosses, transformers and other network equipment


Contaminated waste

Coprocessing and/or landfill for Class I waste


Waste contaminated with PCBs

Decontamination and/or Incineration

Pruning Waste

Composting and/or landfilling for Class II waste


Waste Management Indicators and Targets

With the aim of reducing the environmental impact of its activities, Copel has specific indicators and targets for the appropriate disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in the Company’s operational and administrative activities.


Waste Disposal Rate of Operational Units: represents the total waste that is diverted from final disposal, followed by recycling, co-processing, composting and disposal, and is aligned with the goals for achieving SDGs 03, 06, 11, 12 and 13 .

Disposal rate of hazardous waste generated: represents the maximum percentage of hazardous waste disposal in relation to the total generated.













Waste Disposal Rate (%)







Hazardous Waste Disposal Rate (%)