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Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations in Latin America

EPR in Latin America

Latin America and the Caribbean generate about 541.000 tons/day of municipal solid waste and have a high per capita generation of 1 kg/inhabitant per day. About 90 % of the MSW ends in landfill sites and the recycling rates are between 1-20 % depending on the country.

Several countries in the region are making a shift towards a circular economy and EPR and SPR legislations are helping in this transition. Additionally, the informal sector plays a key role in the region and needs to be integrated into the legal framework. The panel discussion gives an insight into the latest developments on EPR in the region with case-studies from Chile, Colombia, and Brazil.

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Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Environmental Consultant @Valoryza Environmental Advisors

Rodrigo’s 25-year career in waste management began in France, and continued in Chile where he managed national waste and recovery programs across several industry sectors as a Veolia Environment executive. Rod established his consulting practice in 2010 to play an active role in in the establishment of Chile’s new Environmental Producer Responsibility.

Rod has been actively involved in Chilean EPR since its introduction in 2010. He has worked closely with the Chilean Environmental Agency and major industry producers –  initially to develop the nation’s EPR Law Framework – and more recently, to advise Government and Industry on the implementation of EPR Law relating to Chile’s 6 priority products (packaging, WEEE, Tyres, used oils, car batteries and batteries for electronic devices).

Rod’s consultancy also supports the design and administration of Product Stewardship initiatives (including Chile’s first PRO for used glass bottles), advises major producers  on waste and recovery feasibility, strategy, design, planning and implementation.

Rod’s keen interest in international EPR and Product Stewardship best practice, and how these can be applied in Latin America has extended his network across the globe, where he engages with authorities and Product Stewardship organizations in the EU, Canada, Australia and USA. He is member of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) and permanent member of Working Group Governance & Legal Issues.

Rod graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and holds an MBA from Lleida University, Spain.

Carolina Palacio, @WIEGO

Carolina Palacio, is a militant of the Argentinean Waste Pickers Federation within the Union of Popular Economy Workers (FACCyR – UTEP, in its Spanish acronym). She is the coordinator of the international relationships of her organization and, at the same time, works in the Support Team of the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers. She has a major in Philosophy. She has been working for the inclusive recycling sector since 2009.

Michael Maggio, Managing Partner @Inclusive Waste Recycling Consortium

First and foremost, Mike is a husband, father, friend, student, teacher and a passionate fan of the environment. Based in New Jersey, he is a sustainability strategist and thought generator with over 20 years of extensive leadership experience.

He has focused his career on integrating creativity, technology, and business – most readily seen in the launch of the Inclusive Waste Recycling Consortium (iWrc) which is currently working with waste pickers in Brazil and India and helping them achieve a global social accountability certification while provide reverse logistics and helping our brand partners meeting their commitments to the National Solid Waste Policy. As the founder and driving force behind this initiative, he has helped transform the supply chains impact in emerging markets through a unique sustainability effort that encourages economic supply and demand, recycling and self-sufficient, responsible growth. Also, he spent many years focused on the impact that his own decisions have had on the world, and developed and written extensively on a concept called Positive Potential™, a strategy to balance waste generation against measurable positive sustainability initiatives.

His corporate journey was predominantly in the fast moving consumer goods industry, serving most recently as the Vice President of Global Engineering and Packaging at Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he served in senior leadership roles within the engineering organizations at The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., Avon Products, Inc., and L’Oréal Paris. He received his Bachelor of Science, Packaging from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science, Environmental Science and Chemistry from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from the Cornell University S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.

José Alejandro Martínez S., Circular Economy Expert

Alejandro is a circular economy expert with over 20 years of international experience in waste and environmental management, sustainability and Clean production. He is a renowned teacher and researcher, who has written four books on waste and sustainable development. He holds a master´s degree in Environmental Engineering and he is currently finishing his doctoral studies in management. He is the coordinator of the Colombian network of researchers in circular economy and is based in Bogotá, Colombia. He has written two books about solid waste management in Colombia and Latin America. 

Alejandro is certified as an Associate in Sustainability by the ISSP (International Society of Sustainability Professionals), member of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association), Circular Economy Club (UK), the circular economy platform of the Americas and Ibero-American networks of experts in waste and renewable energy. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Colombian Council for Sustainable Construction, of the Advisory Council of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, USA).

During twenty years of professional practice He has been an entrepreneur, consultant, program director and environmental manager, managing work with micro, small and medium industries, as well as assisting 13 of the 100 largest Colombian companies. He is the director of the C2C Hub, which contributed to the first certification of a C2C product in Latin America in 2019.


Vishwas Vidyaranya, Founder, Ambire Environmental Engineering Solutions

Vishwas is the co-founder of Ambire, a company focused on consulting and digital solutions in circular economy and climate change. He has over 10 years of international experience in circular economy, waste and water management, financial analysis, climate change resilience and sustainable cities. He holds a master´s degree in Sanitary Engineering and waste management from Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany and is based out of Bogotá, Colombia.

Vishwas has implemented over 4.000 tonnes per annum capacity of decentralized waste recycling systems and designed over 150.000 tonnes per annum of centralized waste treatment systems This includes five material recovery facilities ranging from 20 TPD to 250 TPD capacities.

He is actively involved in professional organizations like ISWA and its Young Professionals Group (YPG). He is also a member of ISWA’s working group on landfills. He has several publications and a US Patent on the energy management system to his credit.

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