What Is Reverse Logistics?

Reverse logistics is a relatively new concept, which means that the product after having its useful life depleted will make the way back to nature, or at least the path that most closely approximates it.

The implementation of reverse logistics systems is extremely complex, since to distribute products, companies transport them from large warehouses to smaller storage units until they reach the end consumer.

Already to do the reverse process, organizations need to devise ways to get waste products geographically scattered and focus them on large sites to make their treatment. The logistics costs involved are much higher when it comes to reverse logistics.

Examples of reverse logistics are the collection points for batteries and batteries in supermarkets. Once collected, the units will be subjected to treatments that neutralize or reduce the environmental impact of their disposal, in this case, the ideal is that for each battery produced, one is collected by clearing the ecological balance of the company.

Which Sectors Are Required To Have Reverse Logistics?

However, the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS), which was last established and regulated by law 12,305 / 2010, found that certain specific chains are obliged to practice this type of logistics for their products.

The chains required by law to perform reverse logistics today are:

Agrochemicals, their residues, and packaging;



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.

It is also necessary that companies belonging to the other chains pay attention to the publication of sectoral agreements or changes in the law that may require them to practice reverse logistics.

What Does The Company Gain From Having A Waste Logistics System?

Firstly, it is necessary to clarify that waste logistics systems are not only the transport processes of the material left over from production or consumption, as many people think.

The waste logistics system is mainly a system of transportation, packaging, and destination of the materials that make up a product or service.

A good waste logistics system will seek to add value and minimize leftovers from obtaining the raw material to the manufacturing and shipping of the products.

A company that knows how to take advantage of this system will be able to allocate better its intermediate wastes (those generated throughout the process) and also try to reuse them even within the firm in order to reduce the total amount of material spent in the process.

The main advantages are to obtain a cheaper and clean process, besides being able to enjoy a more respectful image with the consumers.

Waste Logistics System As A Business Strategy

Nowadays, there are companies that use waste logistics, mainly reverse logistics as part of their business strategy, be it in the area of ​​processes, marketing, or costs.

An excellent example of the use of reverse logistics as a business strategy in the case of manufacturers of tires and cement. Tire industries are required to practice reverse logistics, many of which have full operations dedicated to this function, some of the tires are reused in the processor sold to other industries generating additional revenue.

The leftover rubber is sold to the cement industry, which uses it in its co-processing furnaces, obtaining excellent fuel at a relatively low cost.


Waste logistics systems were used only by large industries looking for scale gains in the past. Today they are a reality in medium and even small companies, being sources of competitive and strategic advantages for its users.

Our team provides companies the ability to implement a complete waste logistics system, making the management of suppliers, through the internal processes to the final destination, displaying each item generated in the company’s operation as a whole.

All this is clear, with adequate real-time information on financial gains or losses in the waste operation. Get in touch and see how your business can profit from this process.