Colombia Issues Stringent Producer Take-back Rules for Computers and Printers

Published August 18, 2010

Product Take-back

As reported, Colombia's Ministry of the Environment (Minambiente) has bet heavily on extended producer responsibility as the proper model for handling special waste streams. Most recently, the agency published a final battery take-back rule. (See the Key Documents section.) Now, the much-anticipated computer and peripheral take-back rule is final and binding. With its enactment, the computer industry, including makers and importers of peripherals and printers, will be responsible for meeting aggressive collection quotas through take-back systems that they are required to develop, implement, and fund. The final rule is very similar in structure to the recent battery rule and the new lamp take-back resolution.

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