became the first Brazilian state to actually adopt a law devoted to e-waste. I
phrase it that way because other states already have waste framework laws with
e-waste clauses in them, but not a standalone e-waste law. Parana is not the first state to pass one,
just the first one not to get vetoed by a governor. More are making their way
through state legislatures in Brazil,
so this is not the last for this issue by any means.
The law itself is a bit sketchy, I suspect to give far more flexibility
to the regulators in how they shape the scope, take-back and recovery
requisites. Interestingly enough, it refers only to IT equipment (not
electronics broadly or electrical equipment or appliances), although does not
define that so it’s unclear whether that will include peripherals and
things like PDAs, and what, if anything, they might do about IT equipment
integrated into larger products (I’m thinking onboard computers in cars,
for example). Will be interesting to watch.
For more info, see my blog entry: http://www.temasactuales.com/temasblog/environmental-protection/paranas-e-waste-law/
Keith E. Ripley
Temas Actuales LLC
The Green Team
Author of the book "Solid Wastes and Recycling Policy
in Latin America & the Caribbean"
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