Regional E-Waste Monitor Latin America 2022

The Regional E-waste Monitor for Latin-America 2022, results for the 13 countries participating in project UNIDO-GEF 5554 provides an assessment of statistics, legislation, and management infrastructure of e-waste and persistent organic pollutants in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru Uruguay and Venezuela. E-waste generation in the region increased by 49 percent, from 0.9 Mt (4.7 kg/inh) in 2010 to 1.3 Mt (6.7 kg/inh) in 2019. Since 2010, e-waste plastic generation containing persistent organic pollutants has increased 63 per cent – to 0.38 Mt in 2019. E-waste collection for environmentally sound management takes place in all countries (although it could not be quantified in Guatemala) and 2.7 per cent of total e-waste are collected to be managed in an environmental sound manner.

All 13 participating countries in the region have legal and regulatory frameworks for waste management, but only five – Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru – have specific legislations for e-waste and Extended Producer Responsibility systems in place, focusing on the regulation of e-waste. All countries have hazardous waste regulation that includes POPs, but none has legislation specifically for POPs from e-waste.

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