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    Colombia Gets Producer Responsibility Agreement for End-of-Life Lighting

    Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

    Colombia’s Environment Ministry (MAVDT) has signed a convenant with nine of the most important lamp manufacturers and importers — Osram, Philips, GE, Havells Sylvania Colombia, Carrefour, Greenlight, Mecanelectro, Sodimac Colombia — to take charge of electrical and electronic lighting at the end of their product life.  The companies agree to: Advance efforts to design and […]

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    Pará Adopts a Recycling Policy

    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    Earlier this month Governor Simão Jatene signed a law creating a State Materials Recycling Policy for Pará. The new Law is based on similar measures adopted recently by its neighbor Amapá and by several other Brazilian states, including Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Rondônia (see the Temas list of waste/recycling legislation […]

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    Amapá Adopts a Recycling Policy

    Friday, August 1st, 2008

    In early July Governor Waldez Góes signed a law creating a State Materials Recycling Policy. The new Law is based on similar measures adopted by several other Brazilian states, including Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Rondônia. It seeks to promote and provide incentives to the commercialization and industrial utilization of used […]

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    Bahia to Adopt Paraná’s Zero Waste Program Model

    Saturday, October 13th, 2007

    I’ve mentioned here several times the innovative Zero Waste Program (Programa Desperdício Zero) of the southern Brazilian state Paraná, such as how it applies to glass recycling, pesticide packaging, aseptic packaging and finding new ways to reuse/recycle plastic (PET) bottles (such as building solar water heaters). At some point I should do a comprehensive post […]

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    Inside the “Casa do Bem”

    Monday, October 8th, 2007

    If you enter the Wal-Mart Supercenter hypermarkets in Brazil, and walk the aisles, you may run across an unusual large exhibit — a mock-up of a miniature house that you can enter and explore. It has faux windows and flower boxes, and corners representing the interiors of a kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. Look closer. […]

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    O futuro é hoje!

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    It is a pleasure to welcome a second guest post by Brazilian Federal Deputy Arnaldo Jardim — for a full introduction please see his "Cidadania Ambiental."  As I mentioned in that post, for those of you who cannot read Portuguese, you can always use the handy translation button in the righthand column of this blog. […]

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    Minas’ New Focal Point for Waste Matters

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    In June the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais opened an institution that, to my knowledge, is unique in Brazil, if not the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).   The Minas Waste Reference Center (Centro Mineiro de Referência em Resíduos – CMRR) is intended to be the state's focal point for everything and anything […]

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    Sao Paulo’s Green Cities Program Launched / Lançamento do Projeto Município Verde de São Paulo

    Saturday, July 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: São Paulo State’s governor, José Serra, and Environment Secretary, Xico Graziano, recently announced the formal launch of the “Green City” project promised as part of the Governor’s package of 21 strategic environmental measures. By early July, 393 of SP’s 645 cities had already signed onto the program’s protocol of 10 commitments, covering […]

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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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    Poll on Brazilian Attitudes Regarding Sustainable Consumption

    Friday, March 30th, 2007

    The Foundation for the Defense of the Consumer of São Paulo State (Fundação de Proteção e Defesa do Consumidor – “PROCON-SP“) has just released the results of a recent survey it conducted on the attitudes of Brazilian consumers regarding “sustainable consumption and living.” PROCON is the state consumer protection agency created in 1976, a full […]

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