In recent years important changes have swept Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC):

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

Environmental consultants

Waste management service providers

Anyone with a monetary stake in how the waste stream is managed in the region.
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' Recycling & Solid Waste Policy
in Latin America and the Caribbean '
by Keith E. Ripley
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