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    Can Rio Negro Implement an E-Waste Regime?

    By Keith R | December 30, 2008

    Topics: Electronic/Electrical Equipment, Waste & Recycling | No Comments »

          
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    Last July the Democratic Front bloc in the legislature of Argentina’s Rio Negro province (RN) introduced a bill to tackle the growing problem of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE, or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) in the province.  The state Environment Council (CODEMA), which is designated in the bill as the implementing and rule-making authority should it become law, has said that it does not have the resources to take on such an endeavor.  As you can see in this video of a recent interview, the bill’s sponsors do not appear swayed by this argument.

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    What exactly does the bill try to do?  It calls for CODEMA to negotiate and conclude agreements with:

    Any profits resulting from the sale and/or processing of e-scrap would be earmarked for buying computers, video recorders and televisions for the province’s schools.

    The bill would cover large household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dryers, air conditioners, etc.), small appliances (toasters, blenders, vacuum cleaners, clothes irons, etc.), telecom and informatics equipment (fax machines, photocopiers, printers, PDAs, cell phones, etc.), consumer electronics (radios, TVs, video cameras, musical instruments, etc.), lighting (including compact fluorescent lamps), electrical/electronic tools, toys and video games, medical devices, surveillance and control equipment (thermostats, smoke detectors, etc.), and vending machines.

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