|In recent years important changes have swept Latin America and the Caribbean
Various jurisdictions in Brazil have adopted take-back laws for batteries, lamps, plastic packaging and used pesticide packaging, and extended
producer responsibility (EPR) laws for electronics, non-returnable packaging, end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), expired medicines, used oil,
tires and even computer diskettes.
Mexico adopted a comprehensive waste law that requires certain industries to submit for approval waste management plans that include such options
as deposit-return systems.
Uruguay adopted a packaging waste law and a take-back regulation for batteries.
Several Caribbean islands and Uruguay debated deposit-return systems for beverage containers.
Argentina prepared a draft regulation to impose EPR on batteries, lamps, and printer cartridges.
Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and St. Lucia imposed eco-taxes on packaging, Mexican authorities announced their intent to impose an eco-tax on
PET packaging, and a Uruguayan jurisdiction imposed an eco-tax on plastics and batteries.
Industry in Chile and Uruguay agreed to packaging waste covenants.
MERCOSUR agreed to consider common rules on waste trade.
These and other significant changes now underway in LAC nations offer new
challenges and opportunities in the region for
Packaging and packaging material manufacturers
Producers of packaged consumer goods
Manufacturers of electrical and electronic goods and electronic components
Producers of chemicals and pesticides
Motor vehicle and vehicle component manufacturers
Waste management and recycling technologies
Construction and demolition service providers
Waste management service providers
Anyone with a monetary stake in how the waste stream is managed in