Puerto Rico Stakeholders Collaborate on E-Waste Solution for the First Time
Government and industry leaders form multi-sector task force on regulation and education
Puerto Rico commits to combating the e-waste crisis with a first of its kind multi-sector discussion on new electronics recycling law.
The September 16, 2014 meeting discussed the present stage of the Puerto Rico Electronic Recycling Law 18-2012. Participants focused on planning how to implement regulations of the law’s amendment approved September 11, 2014.
The first-of-its-kind meeting was attended by a range of stakeholders. Government officials and agencies such as the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and e-waste recyclers contributed unique perspectives on new regulation.
HP and Dell discussed their present e-waste programs in other areas as models for implementing Puerto Rico’s new amendment law. Sims Recycling Solutions attended the meeting with Nova Terra, Inc. to collaborate on responsible e-waste solutions for the region.
“Sims Recycling Solutions takes great pride in supporting Puerto Rican legislative efforts along with Nova Terra,” stated Sean Magann, vice president of Sims Recycling Solutions. “Responsible recycling and data security should be on everyone’s agenda and Puerto Rico is signaling that they are an early adopter. We look forward to providing continued support to EQB and SWA’s agendas.”
“The regulation is in process and will be modified to include the amendment’s specifications,” stated Marisa C. Font, EQB Special Assistant. “The agency will have a multi-sector task force to evaluate and help with the final regulation version.”
Nova Terra Inc., as part of the EPA initiative of the Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership (PRRP), is on the new multi-sector task force to collaborate on the regulation process and education.
"Puerto Rico is advancing to prevent more e-waste harm to our landfills, illegal exportation of material, data theft and environmental violations,” stated Vanessa Piereschi, President of Nova Terra Inc. “Nova Terra as the prime e-waste recycler in Puerto Rico, along with Sims’ efforts, is looking forward to providing solutions to the e-waste problem in Puerto Rico in an aggressive way and adopting high international standards to benefit consumers, our customers and the environment."
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