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  • Directional Signals in Brazilian Federal Waste Policy

    Monday, August 17th, 2009

    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 […]

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    Espirito Santo Adopts Law on Products Containing Heavy Metals

    Thursday, May 21st, 2009

    Last month Paraná (PR) adopted a law on mercury-containing products, now Espírito Santo (ES) has adopted a law on products containing heavy metals.  Which Brazilian state is next, and will it adopt PR’s single-substance approach, or ES’ broader wider net?
    Points of Confusion
    Article 1 of the brief ES law requires “suppliers” and distributors of

    fluorescent lamps, piles […]

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    HP Opens First Printer Cartridge Recycling Facility in Latin America

    Monday, February 9th, 2009

    HP has just raised the stakes in producer responsibility for printer cartridge manufacturers operating in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  HP and Lexmark already were ahead of other manufacturers in offering cartridge recovery programs in the region.  HP has now gone one step further — it just opened Latin America’s first printer recycling center […]

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    Puerto Rico to Regulate E-waste?

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    A Temas Note: As you know, The Temas Blog is first and foremost about Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Is Puerto Rico (PR) part of LAC? Many don’t include it in their classification of LAC because of its ties to the US. Others do, citing its geographic location and its sociocultural […]

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    HP’s Cartridge Recovery Program in LAC

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

    Recently I highlighted Lexmark's printer cartridge recovery program in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), lauded by Colombia's Environment Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez.  Well, Minister Lozano also has applauded a competitor, Hewlett Packard (HP), for its cartridge collection program, and since HP's program covers more than just Colombia just as Lexmark's does, in the interest […]

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    Printer Cartridges for Movie Tickets

    Sunday, July 29th, 2007

    Colombia's Environment Ministry (MAVDT) recently heralded a new program launched in that country by Lexmark International, the global company that makes printers and toner and ink cartridges, to give people a free ticket for any movie showing at the Cine Colombia chain in exchange for turning in a used printer cartridge. 
    Lexmark also extended to […]

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    Colombia Gets Cell Phone Battery Agreement

    Friday, April 20th, 2007

    According to a Colombia daily, El Tiempo, the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MAVDT) has signed an agreement (“convenio”) with the cellular telephone industry to collect and export spent cell phone batteries. The agreement was signed by the major providers of cell phone service in the country, including Avantel, the industry associations […]

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