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  • Brazil Adopts New Battery Rules

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Environment Council (CONAMA) just replaced the country’s groundbreaking 1999 rules on the environmental management of batteries and piles (pilhas) with even tougher ones.
    Manufacturers should take note, since legislators and regulators in other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations will.  The original rules served as a reference point for many LAC policymakers, particularly since […]

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    Paraná Increases Pesticide Packaging Recovery

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: In June the southern Brazilian of Paraná announced that it had increased its recovery of pesticide packaging by 20% (by weight) over the prior year. Just last year Paraná announced that they want to become the first state to comply 100% with the federal mandate to take back such packaging. North […]

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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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