There’s an interesting post worth reading in the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (CDA) arguing that the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR) may be applicable to electronics waste (e-waste, e-scrap or WEEE) in Latin America. The author, the CDA’s Kreuza Alarcón, is part of the team producing a report on […]
After months of rumbling on the issue (here and here), Colombia finally has its first formal proposal to regulate waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) — in this case, in the form of a bill introduced in the Colombian Senate. Whether or not the bill manages to pass before the 2010 […]
Photovoltaic (PV) technology usually is portrayed as a “win-win” solution that can harness “free” solar energy to address climate change, reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports and create “green jobs.” Its greater use has often been advocated for many of the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) (see here, here, here and here). […]
At the end of 2008 Colombia adopted a new Law on Prohibitive Environmental Norms Regarding Hazardous Waste and Discards. The new law is intended to close loopholes in prior law regarding hazardous waste imports, to toughen sanctions and enforcement, and to clarify liability for hazardous wastes from cradle-to-grave. That it does, mostly.
But it repeats an […]
Last July the Democratic Front bloc in the legislature of Argentina’s Rio Negro province (RN) introduced a bill to tackle the growing problem of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE, or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) in the province. The state Environment Council (CODEMA), which is designated in the bill as the implementing and rule-making authority should […]
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 […]
This week Mexico’s Federal District (DF) — the zone encompassing Mexico City and its environs — published the implementing regulation for its 2003 Waste Law — five years later than called for by the Law. Although the lack of an implementing does not stop a law from being applied and programs being launched (and the […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Data Problem
One of the key challenges in formulating a reasonable and effective policy on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is figuring out how much there is, what type of WEEE it is (different WEEE pose different hazardous material/waste management challenges), and what is happening to it […]