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  • Computer Take-Back in Rio de Janeiro / A Lei Sobre E-lixo do Municipio de Rio de Janeiro

    Monday, June 22nd, 2009

    Last week the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro (MRJ) (population 6 million) became the first major Brazilian city to adopt an e-waste law.  The law is rather short and simple.  It requires manufacturers and suppliers of computers to receive in their offices, branches or headquarters in the City “obsolete” computers discarded by consumers.  The Law defines […]

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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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    Setting the Eco-Benchmark for Cattle Raising / Meat Processing in the Amazon

    Thursday, March 15th, 2007

    My question: if this project is really to set environmental benchmarks for this sector in Brazil, why does the IFC only speak about deforestation? Granted, it is a critical issue in the Amazonian context, but what about reduction/minimization/reuse/recycling of the substantial wastes such operations entail, or steps taken to reduce the methane (a potent […]

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