Since last week, through decree 591/19, the importation of waste into the country is allowed without a certification of its safety for the environment and people.
The government intends to lower the price of recyclables to encourage the business behind the collection and disposal system.
True to form, the government does business through the garbage collection system. Only the Buenos Aires government allocates more than 8,500 million pesos per year to garbage disposal. In this framework, both the Buenos Aires audit and the cooperatives report irregularities in the control of companies and their compliance.
With this decree, the importation of potentially dangerous waste is enabled, and not only harms all citizens due to the socio-environmental impacts that could be generated, but also affects the work of the cardboard cooperatives that are currently in charge of recycling.
The underlying objective is to lower the price of recyclable products in the midst of an economic crisis that mainly hits the popular classes. This works for the businesses behind recycling garbage, rather than the thousands of cardboard workers.
The modification is reflected in article N ° 2, in which they replaced the prohibition of importation of residues or wastes from recycling that are not accompanied by a sanitary and environmental safety certificate, by the prohibition of those substances or objects that, obtained from the recovery of waste, have no purpose or markets.
See decree: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RJiMpnck-gOJTWOGmj886tztrv8onxVT/view
According to the legislation for 2017, 75% of the waste sent to the landfill should have been reduced. However, it was only 26.7% according to official data.
Today 46% of the waste generated by the City of Buenos Aires is recycled according to a study by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires. However, in the same study they show that 40% of the waste that reaches the CEAMSE could be recycled.
Likewise, of the 6,700 tons that are collected from the City, the 12 cardboard cooperatives are in charge of treating 600 per day.