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 Month  :  April
 Mexico: Colima Adopts Waste Law
 On 03 April 2006 the Governor of Colima signed the state’s new Solid Waste Law. Among other things, the new Law requires all producers and sellers of products and services that generate wastes “susceptible to valorization through reuse or recycling” to prepare waste management plans establishing actions that they will take to minimize the generation of such wastes, manage the wastes “responsibly” and orient consumers on the benefits/opportunities of such valorization.

Companies responsible for the production, distribution or sale of goods that at the end of their product life result in high volume solid wastes that produce “significant disequilibria” (not defined) in the environment must (1) prepare waste management plans emphasizing waste minimization, reduction at source and valorization; (2) adopt “efficient” recovery or return systems for their EOL products; (3) give priority to packaging that once used is reusable or recyclable. The implementing regulation for this law is to define which goods are to be covered by this provision.

Last but not least, a list of special wastes – which includes cosmetics, plastics, used tires, C&D wastes, shopping center wastes, and "technological wastes" (end-of-life electronic, informatic (IT) and automotive products) -- would be required to register and prepare waste plans (that include details on recovery and valorization) for approval by state authorities.
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' Recycling & Solid Waste Policy
in Latin America and the Caribbean '
by Keith E. Ripley
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