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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, […]

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    Trinidad & Tobago Opts for Systematic Recycling

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

    In the 2009 Budget Statement presented Monday by Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheria to the parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, the government announced that (surprise! surprise!) it is finally abandoning the Environment Management Authority’s (EMA) ten year-old proposal for a law creating a beverage container deposit-return system, and will instead is opting for a comprehensive waste […]

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    Update: Among the World’s Top PET Recyclers

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Who was #2 in PET recycling in 2006 (the last year for which there are comparable figures among nations)? Did you answer Brazil? In 2006 Brazil recycled 180 kilotons (Kt), representing about 51.3% of the PET sold in the country during that year. This means that Brazil recycles at double the rate that the US […]

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    Improving Pesticide Packaging Recovery in Chile

    Monday, August 25th, 2008

    Last December (while Temas was on hiatus) four Chilean Government agencies and three industry groups* signed a clean production agreement (APL) on pesticides for agricultural use. Among the commitments made under the APL were several regarding recovery of used pesticide packaging, including increasing the number of collection centers 50% within 24 months; increasing the number […]

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    7-Time World Champion Recycler of Aluminum Cans

    Monday, August 25th, 2008

    The title refers to Brazil, of course. The Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Highly Recyclable Cans (Abralatas) — what the Brazilian Association of Aluminum Can Manufacturers now calls itself — and the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) have just released their final, official recycling statistics for 2007. For the seventh year in a row, Brazil leads […]

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    Update on Paraná Showdown with Long-Neck Beer Bottles

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: For those of you curious about the outcome of that ultimatum that environment officials in Paraná gave to producers and distributors of long-neck beer bottles to take responsibility for their wastes or else, only two distributors (out of the expected five) and a representative of the glass manufacturers industry association (instead of […]

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    Update: Tetra Pak & Aseptic Packaging Recycling in Paraná

    Sunday, August 17th, 2008

    I’ve been asked by a reader whether the deal negotiated last year between Paraná environment officials and aseptic packaging producer Tetra Pak has produced the results desired/expected. Funny you should ask that (maybe it’s not a coincidence?) — the two just issued a progress report. To refresh memories, the two-year “plan of action” agreed between […]

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    The Largest Solar Water Heater Made With PET Bottles?

    Saturday, August 9th, 2008

    One of the most popular posts here on The Temas Blog was the one introducing the solar water heater made of used PET bottles and aseptic cartons (mostly Tetra-brik) promoted by Paraná’s (PR) Zero Waste (Desperdício Zero) Program. Not far behind in popularity has been the follow-up post about how the Program is spreading the […]

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    Deadline Near for Long Neck Beer Bottles

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: In July Environment officials in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná called in three manufacturers and five distributors (including Ambev and FEMSA) responsible for most nonreturnable long-neck bottles used for beverages (primarily beer) in that state, and gave them until 11 August to present data and a plan to increase recycling of […]

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    A Solid Waste Plan for Costa Rica

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    Recently Costa Rica was presented its long-awaited Solid Waste Plan (PRESOL) by the entities belonging to the Inter-Institutional Platform of the Competitiveness and Environment Program (CYMA): the Health Ministry (MinSalud), the Planning Ministry (Mideplan), the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), the Institute for Municipal Development and Advice (Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal – […]

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