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    An E-Waste Bill for Pernambuco

    Friday, May 22nd, 2009

    The northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco may go the way of its southern sister state, Paraná, regarding computer-related waste.  A bill was just introduced in Pernambuco’s state assembly that appears patterned after Paraná’s Law adopted last year.
    It would require producers, distributors and vendors of “informatic equipment” to create and maintain programs for their recovery, […]

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    More Argentine WEEE Proposals

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    And the momentum for regulating e-waste keeps on building in Argentina…
    This week saw two bills proposed in Argentina on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) this week, one at the provincial level and the other at the federal.
    At the federal level, a bill was introduced in the national congress to create […]

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    DR Authority Criticizes Deceptive Advertising by Stores

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    When you move to a new country, you immediately start noticing how it differs from your former home.  Differences that perhaps you knew about intellectually and maybe even noticed in visits before you moved, but they just did not truly sink in before you were actually confronted by them in daily life.  When my family […]

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    Puerto Rico Proposes Amending Its Waste Reduction/Recycling Regulation

    Monday, November 17th, 2008

    Puerto Rico’s Solid Waste Authority (Autoridad de Desperdicios Sólidos – ADS) has published for 30-day public comment its proposals to amend its Regulation for the Reduction, Re-use and Recycling of Solid Wastes in Puerto Rico.  The Regulation implemented a 1992 law, Law 70, which among other things required all business entities to practice recycling and to […]

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    An E-Waste/RoHS Bill For Uruguay

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    Earlier this month a bill was introduced in the Uruguayan legislature to “create a management system for waste from electrical and electronic apparatuses.”  Uruguay, it seems, is joining Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica among the Latin American nations finally moving to tackle the WEEE issue.
    The bill is relatively short (2 pages) and simple, apparently […]

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    SAyDS quiere ley nacional sobre residuos eléctricos y electrónicos

    Friday, September 19th, 2008

    Desde la Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable (SAyDS):
    Promueve Ambiente la sanción de una ley nacional sobre residuos eléctricos y electrónicos
    La secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de la Nación concretó hoy el Segundo Seminario Sobre Gestión de los Residuos de Aparatos Eléctricos y Electrónicos (RAEEs), con el objetivo de brindar las herramientas necesarias para […]

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    Paraná’s E-Waste Law / A Lei de Paraná Sobre E-lixo

    Thursday, July 24th, 2008

    Last month the southern Brazilian state of Paraná adopted a law requiring manufacturers, distributors and vendors of “informatics” equipment operating in that state to set up a system for the recovery, recycling or destruction of their end-of-life (EOL) products that “does not pollute the environment.”
    “Informatics” is not defined in the law, but in Latin America […]

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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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    Digitizing Monitoring and Enforcement of Protected Areas

    Monday, September 10th, 2007

    In a prior post I discussed how the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (MG) is digitizing its environmental enforcement efforts, and in one of my “Combating Deforestation” series posts I discussed a World Bank report that recommended, among other things, recruiting the help of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and indigenous and local communities in deforestation frontiers […]

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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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