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    A WEEE Bill for Amazonas

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    This week Amazonas (AM) became the latest state in which a bill on  “technological trash” (lixo tecnologico or e-lixo) – the Brazilians nickname for what is known elsewhere as WEEE or e-waste — has been introduced. Unlike bills recently introduced in the northeastern states of Bahia and Pernambuco, which are based primarily on a Law on [...]

    Update on Mexico’s Appliance Exchange Program

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    In January I posted about how Mexico has joined Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old refrigerators and/or air conditioners for newer, more efficient models.  Now the Energy Secretariat (SENER) reports that as of 23 July nearly 71,000 appliances had been replaced under the program.  The states with [...]

    Oaxaca Gets a Comprehensive Waste Law

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    The legislature of the Mexican state of Oaxaca (OX) just sent the governor a gift for World Environment Day: a comprehensive state solid waste law.
    Since Mexico adopted its federal General Law for the Prevention and Integrated Management of Wastes in 2003, the Federal District (DF) and many states have adopted their own general waste laws, [...]

    Argentina Sets Minimum Efficiency Levels for Refrigerators

    Sunday, May 24th, 2009

    Argentina is one of the few Latin American nations (along with Brazil and Mexico) which has long (since 1999) had a mandatory energy efficiency labeling program for lighting and certain household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, water heaters).  Even so, to date the mandatory labels have only been issued for refrigerators, [...]

    Wal-Mart Mexico Promotes Exchange for Energy-Efficient Appliances

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    Wal-Mart Mexico is joining the Energy Secretariat’s (SENER) expanded Ahorra Energía para Vivir Mejor (“Save Energy to Liver Better”) program for promoting the exchange of old refrigerators and air conditioners for new energy-efficient models.  The 17 Walmart, 62 Bodega Aurrerá and eight Sam’s Club stores in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán can trade [...]

    Toward a Sustainable Energy Matrix for Peru? / ¿Hasta nueva matriz de energía sostenible en el Perú?

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Because of their choice of headline (“IDB Support Creation of New Sustainable Energy Matrix in Peru”), most readers of the IDB’s press release on this loan might come away with the impression that the loan is mostly about the promotion of non-traditional renewable energy sources (wind power, small hydro, geothermal) and bioenergy.
    Read between the lines, [...]

    Can Rio Negro Implement an E-Waste Regime?

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    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 [...]

    Mexico City Formally Implements Its Waste Law…Finally!

    Friday, October 10th, 2008

    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 [...]

    An E-Waste Bill for Santa Catarina / Projeto de Lei Sobre E-Lixo para Santa Catarina

    Thursday, September 18th, 2008

    Earlier this month a bill was introduced in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina (SC) to impose extended producer responsibility (EPR) for end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment — WEEE, e-waste or “technological trash” (lixo tecnológico) as Brazilians like to call it.
    SC is not the first state to attempt legislation on this subject.  Mato Grosso [...]

    Getting a Handle on E-Waste Data in LAC: Argentina

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

    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 [...]

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