The Argentine Government repeals previous management rule that allowed to import garbage

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BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The Argentine Government repealed a current decree of the Executive of former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) that relaxed the restrictions on the entry of polluting waste.

“Repeal Decree No. 591 of August 26, 2019 and Joint Resolution No. 3 of November 12, 2019 of the then Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development Government,” notes Decree 148 on Hazardous Waste published on Friday in the Official Bulletin.

A resolution published by the previous Government last November regulated decree 591 approved three months before enabling the entry of waste that could be recycled or reused.
This measure authorized “the entry of substances or objects obtained from the recovery of waste when the specific purpose is its use as an input for a production process or as a product for direct use”.

In this way, the norm entered into flagrant contradiction with the Hazardous Waste Law in force since 2001.

The initiative of the previous Government “canceled the requirement to have a certificate of sanitary and environmental safety issued prior to shipment by the competent authority of the country of origin and / or provenance and ratified by the national enforcement authority,” the decree alleged signed by the president, Alberto Fernández.

In that sense, “the absence of a requirement in this regard constitutes a setback in environmental matters that puts our country in a situation of risk in the face of the possible entry of hazardous waste,” said the text also signed by the head of the cabinet of ministers , Santiago Cafiero, and the Minister of Environment, Juan Cabandié.
The current Executive said it should be dictated a new regulation that “promote integral waste management within the framework of a circular economy, whose proposal will arise from the joint work between the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Productive Development”.
This new measure, which must be drafted within a maximum period of 180 days, the recycling industry must promote, “a circumstance that not only has not been considered, but has been undermined by the decree of Decree No. 591/19,” the text alludes to the decree of the previous Government.

The Constitution of Argentina “establishes that all inhabitants enjoy the right to a healthy, balanced environment, suitable for human development and for productive activities to meet present needs without compromising those of future generations,” recalled the new resolution.

The current administration, headed by Peronist President Alberto Fernández, took office on December 10 last year.

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