Month  :  May
 Mexico: Chihuahua Amends its Environment Law
 On 12 May 2005 the state of Chihuahua revised its general environment law. One of the major changes made is a new chapter on non-hazardous wastes that incorporates many of the elements of the national waste framework law (LGPGIRS). The new law classifies the packaging of products consumed in households as “urban solid wastes” to be the subject of municipal-run waste management plans and services. It calls for municipalities to consider imposing their own waste prevention and recycling obligations on large generators of such wastes, and would require a state-wide waste management plan, compete with recovery obligations and timetables, for those entities designated as “large generators” of urban solid wastes under the LGPGIRS. The law requires all producers and distributors of goods that generate non-hazardous wastes to conduct at least two campaigns each year to educate the public about the environmental contamination problems caused by such wastes. The law also calls for household, commercial and industrial wastes to contain materials that enable them to be reused or recycled, and whose recovery reduces use of virgin material and “rationalizes” waste generation.
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' Recycling & Solid Waste Policy
in Latin America and the Caribbean '
by Keith E. Ripley
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