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  • A Regional Waste Exchange for Central America

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    For years I’ve advocated establishing and heavily promoting subregional (or in the case of huge and diverse market of Brazil, at least a national) waste exchanges as one way to promote more reuse and recycling and to minimize wastage.  It certainly makes more sense than national waste exchanges, particularly in the case of a collection […]

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    Mexico’s Environmental Audit Program

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    Mexico has an interesting environmental audit program. In many countries, environmental audits are voluntary assessments done internally by companies, or by accredited third parties they hire, following their own design and the results of which usually are utilized internally to adjust practices and ensure compliance.
    In Mexico, the National Environmental Audit Program (PNAA) […]

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    Postscript on the Battery Recycling Controversy in Paraná

    Sunday, September 30th, 2007

    Remember the local opposition to a car battery “recycling” (mining) operation in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná last March that eventually led to state environment officials in May to suspend the company’s environmental license and initiating a full review of all state  environmental, health and safety policies regarding enterprises handling lead and its compounds?
    Well, […]

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