Information on the Award


Aluminum Recycling
7th edition

João Valiante journalism award was created by Associação Brazileira do Alumínio - ABAL, in 1999, to promote the best articles about aluminum disclosed by the Brazilian press. The objective is the creation of awareness and to increase the knowledge of society about the chain of aluminum recycling and its benefits among which we highlight the savings in electric power, the preservation of the environment, and the social issue (more than 180 thousand Brazilians are involved in this activity that starts with the collection and continues to the transformation of scrap into new products).
Brazil holds one of the more efficient recycling cycles score for aluminum in the world with a rate between recovered scrap and domestic consumption around 36.6%, whereas the world average is 31.3%. In the aluminum recycling of cans for beverages, the country ranks as leader for more than nine years with a recycling cycle of 98.2% of the volume consumed.
The name of the award is a tribute to João Valiante, one of the pioneers that encouraged the recycling activity in the country, and one of the most dedicated professional in the aluminum industry in Brazil.


Articles included in newspapers, magazines, portals, and journalistic sites in the internet, radio and television broadcasts, with their headquarters in Brazil during the period of June 1st, 2010 until March 18th, 2012 are eligible. Registration forms posted until March 23rd, 2012 will be accepted.

The Process

Articles registered to compete for the 7th Award João Valiante of Journalism will be considered by a Panel that includes two professional in the area of recycling in the aluminum industry, two representatives of agencies linked to recycling chain, and two journalists actively working in the Brazilian media. Only one article per category will be chosen as winner according to the guidelines detailed in item "Como participar" (How to Join), and based on the following criteria when reporting on the benefits of aluminum recycling:

  • Public interest;
  • Subject approach (*);
  • Journalistic quality of the article.

(*) the innovative characteristic conveyed to the topic will be considered, as well as the way it is tackled (scrap is not rubbish), and the relevance of “aluminum recycling” in the whole content of the article.
NOTE: Articles registered go through a preliminary screening by the Organizing Committee that includes representatives of ABAL´s Marketing and Recycling Commission, which is entitled to disqualify any article that does not meet the minimum criteria for evaluation.

The Award

The winning authors or teams (should articles have more than one author) will receive two R$ 4.000,00 (four thousand reais) awards: one for the best News in the category Printed Media and Webjournalism, and one in the category Electronic Media.

The final result will be disclosed during the 11th International Seminar in Aluminum Recycling that will be performed during the days 24, 25, and 26 of April, 2012, at Centro de Convenções Imigrantes, in São Paulo (SP).


The subject “aluminum recycling” includes recycling of every product made of aluminum, namely cans for beverages, auto-parts, domestic utensils, frames, and others.

There are no restrictions concerning the approach that can be simply informative or with a technical, commercial, social, political, environmental, or any other focus.



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