Costa Rica: Management System for Hazardous Waste

New rules govern generators, transporters and managers of corrosive toxic waste, reagents, and explosives which must register in a new online system.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Environment and Energy:

The System for Hazardous Waste Management (SIGREP) is an online tool, available 24 hours 7 days a week, where both public and private actors involved, will generate relevant information at the country level. One of its main objectives is the control and integration of existing regulations regarding hazardous waste and the Registry of Hazardous Waste Managers. In addition, this system implemented by the Comptroller of the Environment, has private communication channels between government agencies and businesses.

"With this system the government is taking a technological leap in environmental monitoring, integrating areas such as health, environment and productivity," said the Minister of Environment and Energy, Edgar Gutierrez.

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The Hazardous Waste Business

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In 2016 almost 30 thousand tons of hazardous waste was processed in Costa Rica, in a market where there are 33 agents, 576 generators and 25 transport companies.

Data from the 2016 report: "Management System for Hazardous Solid Waste (SIGREP by its initials in Spanish)" by the MINAE indicate that among the main hazardous wastes processed in the country are used car oils, paints, solvents, and sludge and slag from industrial furnaces.

Costa Rica: Virtual Exchange for Selling Waste

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The National Recycling Strategy announced by the administration Solis contemplates the implementation of a virtual stock exchange in which companies from different sectors can sell waste materials.

The initiative aims to give value to industrial and waste materials that can be reused as raw materials in different productive activities.

Garbage in Costa Rica: Another Commission

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A year into its tenure, the government of Costa Rica has announced the formation of a joint committee to study a national plan for recycling and recovery of waste.


In another grim example of the difficulties faced by rulers in Costa Rica to make executive decisions on public works, existing plans - which are currently on hold, and will probably disappear - for investment in the waste management and recycling sector, including generating power from them, due to the fact that the current government has decided to start from scratch with the formation of a committee to "develop strategies" on the topic. As if there were not already enough information on his issue, and as if the respective participants and those responsible had not expressed themselves sufficiently in this respect. It is the same case with the commission on energy introduced by this government.

Obligatory Waste Treatment in Costa Rica

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In February 2011 the "Ordinary Solid Waste Management Regulation" will come into force.

Regional authorities, businesses and the general population have six months to take any measures necessary to comply with the new regulation which seeks to prevent pollution and reduce pressure on Costa Rica's natural resources.

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