Legal Framework

In Chile, in 1995, 100% of the wastes produced ended up in landfills. According to the latest estimates ( 2009 ) in Chile 16.9 million tons of waste were produced, of which 6.5 million tons were domestic waste and 10.4 million were industrial.

Of this  6.5 million tons of household waste generated annually,  more than 52% of these corresponds to organic waste (app, 3.5 million ton / year). And from the  surplus  (app 3.0 million ton / year), only about half will be regulated by Law of Extended Producer Responsability.

The ERP Law states that the producers of priority products must meet certain obligations, such as registering, organizing and financing the management of waste generated by their products, meet recovery goals through management systems and for anyone collecting these post-consumer products are properly authorized agents.

Priority products defined in this law are 9, as follows:

a) Lubricating oils;
b) Electrical and electronic equipment, including lamps or bulbs;
c) Newspapers and magazines;
d) Containers and Packaging;
e) Medicines;
g) Cells and batteries;
h) Expired pesticides;
i) Vehicles.