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Argentina Legal Highlights (Volume II, 2013)

Latin American Region Enviromental Report, Second Quarter, 2013

Packaging Waste Management Bill Introduced in Chamber of Deputies

On April 11, 2013, a bill (No. 1859-D-2013; the “Bill”) was introduced in the Chamber of Deputies that would create a national, comprehensive packaging-waste management system. The Bill would apply to most packaging and packaging waste, and would regulate most entities that are involved with the packaging of products, the marketing of packaged goods, or the recycling or recovery of packaging waste. (Arts. 2, 7) A covered entity could comply with its responsibilities through one of two methods. (Art. 9) One option would allow it to pay a fee and participate in a provincially or municipally administered Packaging-Waste Management Program (Programa de Gestión de Residuos de Envases), which would set requirements for collection, transportation, temporary storage, processing, and recovery of packaging waste. (Arts. 10-23) Alternatively, a covered entity could administer its own government-approved Deposit and Return System (Sistema de Depósito, Devolución y Retorno). (Arts. 24-26) The Bill was referred to the committees on Industry, Natural Resources and Conservation of the Human Environment, and Budget and Finance.

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Battery Waste Bill Introduced in Chamber of Deputies

On April 25, 2013, a battery waste management bill (No. 1859-D-2013; the “Bill”) was introduced in the Chamber of Deputies. The Bill would cover nearly all batteries, with the exception of industrial and car batteries. (Art. 2) Most of the obligations established by the Bill would fall on battery producers: i.e., manufacturers, importers, brand owners, and resellers. These companies would be responsible for collection and management of battery waste and required to implement one of the following waste-management options: (a) establishing their own Individual Battery Waste Management System (Sistema de Gestión Individual de Residuos de Pilas y Acumuladores ); (b) participate in an Integrated Battery Waste Management System (Sistema Integrado de Gestión de Residuos de Pilas y Acumuladores); or (c) establish a deposit-and-return system. (Art. 5) Regardless of the option chosen, approval of the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development (Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable) would be required. (Arts. 6-8) The Bill would also set standards for battery collection, treatment, recycling, and disposal (Arts. 9-10), impose labeling requirements (Art. 15), and require equipment manufacturers to make battery removal easy (Art. 16). Under the Bill, as under current Argentine law, used batteries would be deemed hazardous by definition, and thereby subject to Argentina’s extensive restrictions on transport, storage and handling of hazardous wastes. (Art. 3)

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Edward Grauman, Environmental Lawyer, Beveridge & Diamond Law Firm

Edward M. Grauman’s practice focuses on high-stakes, complex commercial and environmental litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He works with clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including chemicals, consumer products, financial services, high tech, insurance, media, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, security services, and telecommunications. His experience across industries and subject-matter areas gives him a deep understanding of the business considerations involved in large-scale disputes and enables him to provide clients with sound strategic...