Chile

Submitted by Regional Platform of Electronic Waste in Latin American and the Caribbean (ROLAC) (non-governmental organization)

(Note: ROLAC provided a response for e-waste)


E-waste
Waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) needs to be categorized according to material composition and level of hazard. These standards should be harmonized at regional level in order to provide a reference for the development of national laws. In most Latin American countries, the establishment of infrastructure for the treatment and recovery of e-waste is needed. Standards also need to be developed for the treatment of e-wastes. International exchange of experience and knowledge needs to be promoted to enhance e-waste management in the region. It is important to establish a system to fund the recycling of e-waste in general, especially for orphaned and second-hand products, where producer accountability mechanisms are more difficult to implement. There is also a need to support the development of regional projects in e-waste recycling, including awareness raising campaigns for consumers. It is important to define and extend responsibilities of developed countries with regards to e-waste, particularly regarding used electric and electronic equipment. Capacity building is needed for the stakeholders involved in an integrated approach to e-waste management. It is also important to strengthen the regional dialogue on e-waste management to provide coherent region-wide approaches.