Other Latin American Countries

Argentina
There are only  recycling regulations 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 rate of recycling in the city has increased and reached a 30%.

Ministry of Environment: Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de la Nación.

Perú
Only 11% of peruvians recycle. The Law recognizes the legal figure of recyclators. They offer training and encourage recycling by having a “Recycler Day” and awards for reaching recycling rates.

Ministry of Environment: Ministerio del Ambiente

Bolivia
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.

Ministry of Environment: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua (MMAyA)

Brasil
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.

Ministry of Environment: Ministério do Meio Ambiente

Colombia
Around 47% of all cardboard and paper is recycled, it’s an industry that has been working over 80 years in the country.

Ministry of Environment: Ministerio del Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible

México
Recycling accounts for around 11% of household wastes. The government and ministry support citizens initiatives.

Ministry of Environment: Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Sermanat)