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    Directional Signals in Brazilian Federal Waste Policy

    By Keith R | August 17, 2009

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

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    A body most people have never heard of, part of a larger organization many people do not know or understand, met today and took a series of decisions that will help shape new directions in waste policy in Brazil.

    The larger organization many do not know and a good many do not understand is Brazil’s National Environment Council (CONAMA).  CONAMA is a collegial policy-making body in which representatives from all levels of government (federal, state, local) and various non-governmental actors (trade unions, scientific and technical bodies, environment NGOs, etc.) participate and have equal say and vote. CONAMA has set national environment standards on such diverse questions as end-of-life (EOL) batteries and tires, recycling used motor oil, motor vehicle emissions, sound pollution and water quality standards.

    I discussed/explained this rather unique environmental norm-setting body last January, and why I think more Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations would benefit from establishing something similar.

    A CONAMA subsidiary body most people have never heard of is its Technical Committee for Health, Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management (CSSAGR), which, as the name implies, is responsible for all waste and sanitation issues.  This latest meeting focused on which of the CSSAGR’s working groups (GTs) will start work, which must wrap up work, and which proposals for a GT to reject.  That may sound like a big yawn to some of you, but to those of us who closely follow waste policy, it’s an very interesting indication of federal waste policy priorities in the next year or two.

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