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    BNDES-Supported Waste Picker Cooperatives Have Better Standard of Living

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES): Survey reveals better standard of living of waste pickers supported by the BNDES The BNDES conducted a survey with recycling waste pickers associated to cooperatives supported by the Bank. The survey detected considerable improvements in the standard of living of these workers and their families. The questionnaire was answered […]

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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 […]

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    Mario Vargas Llosa, Recycling Ambassador

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    Peru’s most famous living author, Mario Vargas Llosa, has been named “Ambassador of Recycling” by the “Recíclame, cumple TU papel” campaign. That’s him in the photo here and the video below, wearing a special white suit designed for him by Peruvian fashion designer Lucia Cuba Oroza and made from recycled paper.  [Temas Observation: Seeing Vargas […]

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    Brazil Raises Steel Can Recycling to 49%

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    From the World Steel Association: Global steel can recycling rate reaches highest recorded level The World Steel Association (worldsteel) announced today that 7.2 million metric tons (mmt) of steel cans were recycled across the 37 countries reporting in 2007. This avoided approximately 13 mmt of CO2 emissions. The global recycling rate for steel cans was […]

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    Toward a Sustainable Photovoltaics Industry

    Saturday, March 14th, 2009

    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).  […]

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    Government Study Calls for Mexican Battery Regulation / Estudio recomenda normatividad sobre las pilas en México

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Mexico’s National Ecology Institute (INE) has just released an “environmental diagnosis” of portable batteries in that country. The study looks at the growth of battery consumption in Mexico, a recent analysis of the chemical composition of both formal and informal (“pirate”) batteries (looking particularly at heavy metal content and any other aspects that may make […]

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    Swiss to Help Minas Prepare E-waste Diagnosis

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    The government of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state wants to regulate waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE, or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”), and with their new state waste policy law, they have ample authority to do so. There’s just one problem: they are not sure of the full extent and nature of the e-waste problem in their […]

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    Parana to Tetra-Pak: Fulfill Your Commitments

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

    Just seven months ago Paraná’s Environment Secretary, Rasca Rodrigues, was singing the praises of aseptic packaging producer Tetra Pak for its implementation of a deal negotiated in 2007 concerning the firm’s responsibility for the waste problem in the state related to its packaging. Now he’s charging them with failing to live up to their commitments. […]

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    Promoting TV Reuse Instead of Recycling in Mexico

    Sunday, March 1st, 2009

    From Retroworks: American Retroworks Inc. adopts novel approach to criticism of CRT reuse at its facility in Mexico. “Exchange Program” pays Mexicans for bringing in one junk CRT for each refurbished sale. For sale in Latin America – tested, refurbished, black 2001 brand name TV, 27″, only $40. Or, bring in an old junky clunker, […]

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    Rio to Require Take-Back of Fluorescent Lamps

    Thursday, February 26th, 2009

    The Environment Minister for Rio de Janeiro (RJ) State, Marilene Ramos, has sent to governor Sérgio Cabral for his signature a draft decree to implement a 2007 law requiring the take-back of end-of-life fluorescent lamps. The law required manufacturers, importers, distributors, resellers and vendors of fluorescent lamps to provide consumers with containers for the collection […]

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