This section contains profiles
– “snapshots” – of the waste situation and regulatory
response of each country (and Puerto Rico) that can serve as a comprehensive
but concise guide of the key policies, instruments, institutions and
procedures shaping the waste and recycling environment in that market.
The profiles cover mostly the federal dimension, although in countries
where sub-federal jurisdictions play a crucial role (such as Argentina,
Brazil and Mexico), their impact is discussed as appropriate.
Topic areas covered include recycling, reuse, take-back and producer
responsibility mandates; packaging restrictions; deposits; bans; compositional
restrictions; marking/labeling requirements; relevant deposit, fee or
eco-tax regimes; licensing regimes; restrictions on disposal; import/export
restrictions; “flow controls”; and special regimes for industrial
wastes. Particular attention is paid to product-specific regimes such
as those tackling packaging, batteries, electronics, tires, used oil/lubricants,
expired medicines, and end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).
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believes that regulatory regimes cannot be considered in isolation
from the context of the local realities on the ground, so each profile
opens with a brief discussion of the political, governance and economic
realities shaping waste and recycling policy in the profiled country,
such as changes in retailing and the packaging market and trends
in waste management and disposal. Most profiles include charts and
statistics that are very hard to find in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Profiles also include a handy directory of relevant institutions and
their contact information.
You can’t find this type of up-to-date, comprehensive data and
analysis on waste and recycling in Latin America and the Caribbean in
any other commercial website or publication!