Argentina discards 120,000 tons of technological waste a year but recycle only 5 percent.
In the city of Buenos Aires the number around 7 kilos per capita (twice that the rest of the country), mainly due to the large number of companies that have offices there.
This includes almost 10 million phones that ceased to use last year, plus a million computers and as much printers, and at worst of the cases end up polluting a landfill.
In recent years, along with the growing presence of electronic devices in the home and business a problem has arisen: the disposition of such e-waste.
This bill which is already approved in the Senate and is now running around congressmen (the project that is located in the Natural Resources Commission of the Chamber of Representatives and which will be rotated to the Industry and Budget) is a Senate project that, although not supported by everybody and there are aspects of what should be improved, would be at least a step in the matter.
Currently there are several projects at provinces. In the city of Buenos Aires there are some regulations, for example regarding electronic waste generated by the same state, that there are many.
The province of Buenos Aires has a voluntary regulation oriented towards production companies and then there are loose things in provinces in general that have failed to thrive. The problem of the regulations is that they require much work and consensus to be regulated and effective.
As reported by Greenpeace Argentina, on Wednesday November 16th, members of the Budget Committee of the National Congress did not attend the plenary meeting convened by the Committee on Natural Resources, Industry and Budget and Finance, where it was going to move forward with the views for the Bill of electronic waste.
“For more than three years senators, businesses, government agencies, NGOs, recyclers and technicians have been working on the bill that today should obtain an advice , however at the plenary meeting of the Committees involved Members gave no quorum for the progress on this issue, “said Maria Eugenia Testa, political director of Greenpeace Argentina .
The project was presented to the Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of the Senate in 2008 by the national senator Daniel Filmus , who should proposed it back in April this year.
“The absence of Representatives allowed the manufacturers of electrical and electronic products assume their responsibility as they do in countries where they have their headquarters.
The Members of the Congress are allowing these companies to work with a double standard, “said Testa. And she added:” Companies will continue transferring the costs of their waste management to municipalities, ie, to the society. ”
Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA 24