El Salvador: New Waste Management Law

The Legislative Assembly approved the Law on Integral Waste Management and Promotion of Recycling, with the objective of achieving correct waste management in the country, through the separation of organic and inorganic waste.

Friday, December 20, 2019

From the statement of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

December 19th, 2019. With a firm commitment to protect the environment and conserve the country's natural resources, protect the aquifers and promote a culture of recycling, the Legislative Assembly approved the Law of Integral Waste Management and Promotion of Recycling, a regulation that will allow the correct management of waste in the country, through the separation of organic and inorganic waste, as appropriate, and will also promote the purchase and sale of paper, aluminum, plastic, among others.

The new regulation contains 67 articles, whose study by the deputies that make up the Committee on the Environment and Climate Change ended last December 17; the purpose of this law is to achieve the use and final disposal of waste in a sanitary and environmentally safe manner, in order to protect people's health, the environment and promote a circular economy.

In addition, it seeks to promote the formalization and training of micro enterprises, cooperatives and other organizations that work in the recovery, separation, treatment, recycling or integral management of waste; as well as the inclusion of new actors to provide services to the system.

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