Recycling in Latin America!

I. ToDo


- Tel Appointment with Lorna(1 accomplished, 1 to go)


-  Briefing Docs (1 page max)  (Lorna info)



- Translates the following texts:

– Please select the most useful article and newest and translate it for me




–Please paste ALL links in this doc

- Check the recycling situation in Arg, Peru, Bol, Bra, Col, Mex. (would be good selling point, if Chile would be just a start)



There is only a recycling law affecting Buenos Aires, not the rest of the country. Law 1,854 of integrated management of municipal solid waste defines management criteria for waste generated in the City of Buenos Aires. The law hasn’t been applied really even though there is a higher rate of recycling (30%) in the city. From what I read it’s pretty much as in Chile right now. There are some people recycling and primary recyclers but there are not functioning regulations for recycling.

Ministry of environment.




The figures are pretty close to Chile’s figures. Only 11% of peruvians recycle. The Law recognizes the legal figure of recyclators. They offer training and encourage in a certain way recycling by having a recycler day and awards for recycling but in the end there are no specific policies (like setting “recycling points” or tax incentives)


Ministry of environment:


The recycling industry is not yet developed in Bolivia. Most of recycling is done informally and there are no regulations  to control this market.The management of solid waste in Bolivia is

in the hands of municipalities and therefore each one is responsible for implementing the strategies as deemed necessary to meet with housekeeping, garbage and solid waste recycling. Large cities implement recycling programs but they haven’t been considered succesful.  It is expensive to start recycling companies in the country so most recycling produce is exported. Pvc(plastic) is one of the few materials used within the country.


More info about recycling in Bolivia:


Ministry of environment and water:


World leader in can recycling. There are almost 2.400 companies linked to recycling and employs over 170.000 people. The current president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, enacted in November 2011 a decree offering the possibility of Tax deduction on Industrialized Products to companies that use as raw materials or intermediate products, waste purchased directly from cooperatives recyclers which explains why recycling is so big in that country.


Ministry of environment:



Around 47% of all cardboard and paper is recycled, it’s an industry that has been working over 80 years in the country. They have high rates of recycling but from what I saw there are no real regulations, it’s more of a cultural thing.


Ministry of environment:



Recycling accounts for around 11% of household wastes. The government and ministry support citizens initiatives. The ministry is supposed to oversee the recycling industries but there are no real laws to encourage recycling.

I found this really interesting article also:

Ministry of environment:

- Please answer: could you use “sistema dual” in Spanish? if not alternatives, please.



- Project Website Duales System


- Cony’s questions:

– Please answer: could you use “sistema dual” in Spanish?in Spanish or do you mean in Chile?


II. Information Resources Chile:

1) Laws



2) Articles

(paste links herer)


III. Publications

1) Factsheet Recycling Chile


(Cony, please gather here all info in bullet points)


2) Report Recycling Chile

(Well, here the report; gather till tuesday night a good report that can be sent (Anything from 3 to 20 pages, combine the info from the translates; No links to laws please)




3) Blog posts

(lets generate some traffic: please write 2-3 posts. Briefly and interesting numbers, but only stuff that is easy accesible, no secret links to laws etc; rather like a teaser commercial for future projects)




I’m not 100% convinced with the last article so that’s why I left it as a draft let me know if you have any suggestions.


4. Article German for Laymen

5. Legal Peer article for legal journal


Infopage from Ministry of Environment:

IV. Business Plan

1. Team




V.  Sales




Responsability Bill

Helping you through the Implementation of Extended Producer Responsability Bill

Recycling Bill, was first admitted on September 10th, 2013 by the Executive into the  Congress and aims to implement in Chile new policies recycling through the concept of  “the polluter pays”.

The basis of this project is in the Extended Producer Responsibility, which in the case of packaged products, means that the manufacturer of these products must take care of the waste generated – that is,  post-consumer packaging – once the lifespan of the product  is over. This law is driven by  ecodesign;  and incentivates recycling and recovery when the products can no longer be use; in that way formalizing the recycling market.

Recycling is a growing interest in Chile and the country awaits for new ideas, innovation and products to help with the implementation of this Law. That’s were we come in!