In response to a growing trend in stricter environmental laws in Latin American countries, discussions on the establishment of recycling laws and actual enforcement are being conducted.
In Brazil, a sectoral agreement on home appliances was concluded in October 2019, and a Federal Decree specifying a system to collect and recycle household electrical and electronic equipment was published in February 2020. For many years, Panasonic has been continuing discussions with the government through industry groups (ELETROS/ABINEE), proactively participating in collection campaigns in various major cities, and has contributed to the formulation of the decree. As one of the main members of a waste home appliance management body (ABREE), we also started actions in advance in preparation for the establishment of a reverse logistics system (a system to collect used products) which will start in 2020, aiming for efficient collection and treatment of used products.
In Peru, under the recycling law that came into force in 2016, we joined a nonprofit waste management organization (ASPAGER) as a leading member, and started a used-product recovery program. We also conduct activities at local elementary schools on a regular basis to raise awareness about recycling.
In Colombia, a framework law for home appliance recycling was enacted in 2018. Panasonic has been a member of a used-product collection program (Red Verde/Lumina) conducted by an industry group (ANDI) since 2014, prior to the enactment of operational rules.
In Mexico, a collection program is implemented under the government-approved recycling and management plan.
In Chile, the legislation process is also being considered, and preparations for setting up a collection program are underway through continuous discussions with the government.
In Argentina, we are participating in the Latin American Battery Association (ALPIBA) and engaging in continuous discussions with the government for effective legislation on the regulation of dry cell batteries.