Buenos Aires greenlights e-waste bill

Monday, November 7, 2011

Legislators in Argentina's Buenos Aires province have approved a bill to regulate electronic waste with the aim of curbing environmental contamination, the province government said in a release.

The bill promotes reusing and recycling e-waste rather than sending it to landfills. Companies selling electronic items will be in charge of disposing of them correctly once they have completed their useful life.

"This is a huge step in legislative material to protect the environment," said the head of the provincial sustainable development organization (OPDS), José Molina.

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Argentina currently recycles 5% of the 120,000t of e-waste it produces each year. Buenos Aires province is responsible for 50,000t/y of the total produced.