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Chile passes a law to promote recycling

Chile passes a law to promote recycling


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“Today is a historic day for recycling in Chile. Formalizing this industry is not typical of rich countries, but rather intelligent countries. With this law, the definitive moment came to move from the culture of the disposable to the culture of the reusable ”, thus celebrated the Minister of the Environment, Pablo Badenier, the approval of the Law for the Promotion of Recycling by Congress. With this step, the law is ready for enactment by President Michelle Bachelet.

The legal initiative seeks to formalize the recycling industry in Chile, making manufacturers and companies of certain products responsible for organizing and financing the recovery and management of waste derived from their products.

Producers or importers of certain "priority products" must take charge of their goods, once they end their useful life. For this, the law establishes collection and recovery goals differentiated by product.

There are six so-called "priority products": lubricating oils, electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, cells, containers and packaging and tires. These were selected due to their massive consumption, of significant volume and feasible to regularize.

The consequences of a recycling law

“Having a Law to Promote Recycling will bring to the country more jobs and green enterprises, information and eco-labeling to favor environmentally-friendly products. Currently in Chile only 10% of waste is recycled, with this law, we will at least triple our recycling rates, ”explained Minister Pablo Badenier.

The Ministry of the Environment will have new competencies for waste management: certification, labeling and labeling, deposit and reimbursement system, ecodesign, mechanisms for separation at source and selective collection, mechanisms for environmentally sound management of waste and mechanisms to prevent generation of waste.

Who participates in the law

For the law to become a reality, there are several actors that will be involved in its implementation: entrepreneurs and manufacturers of priority products, consumers and the "managers" of this waste, which will be companies, municipalities and grassroots recyclers.

Municipalities and grassroots recyclers will play a key role in waste recovery. Waste pickers will have a special definition that will recognize them as managers for the law, and they will also be registered and certified in the National Labor Competencies Certification System. "Grassroots recyclers will become true recycling professionals, today the collectors make up an informal industry, with the law they will achieve their own business model," said the Minister of the Environment.

The municipalities may enter into agreements with management systems and with grassroots recyclers. The Law will allow them to make a well-founded decision on permit applications for the establishment, installation and / or operation of reception and storage facilities. In addition, they must incorporate into their municipal ordinances the obligation to separate waste at source, when so determined by the Supreme Decree. They will also promote environmental education on prevention and appreciation, design and implement communication strategies, awareness and prevention measures.

The Superintendency of the Environment may supervise and sanction infractions in this matter, which include fines and written reprimands.

The Recycling Promotion Law has a budget of 6 billion pesos and will generate a "Recycling Fund", which will allow the development of undertakings in this area.

After approval in Congress, the President, Michelle Bachelet, must promulgate the law, to later be published in the Official Gazette and enter into force.

“This law will allow a formal recycling industry to be created in Chile that will allow us to increase our rates in this area and transform it into a relevant economic activity. This will also help promote a culture of waste separation by the community, encouraging its contribution to the recycling chain, and will help implement labeling and ecodesign systems that allow greater recovery ”, concluded the Minister of the Environment, Pablo Badenier .

Learn about the details of the Law for the Promotion of Recycling in the special of the Chilean Ministry of Environment.

MMA Chile


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