The project promotes the recycling and treatment of waste (tires, lead-acid, scrap metal and motor-oil) generated by the transport sector in Bolivia by supporting recycling companies in developing new business models to reuse these waste products and reduce their environmental and public health impact.
In Bolivia rapid urbanisation has been accompanied by an exponential growth of the transport sector. The growing vehicle fleet generates an increasing amount of waste, which is difficult to process due to the complex and often toxic nature of their components. Today only a small amount of these waste materials is recycled or adequately treated for their final disposal. Depending on the waste type, they are classified as special or hazardous and are cause for multiple environmental and public health problems.
The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy that seeks to compensate for environmental costs of waste and ensure its integral management focusing on the waste reduction and recycling. The producers and importers of the vehicle products are responsible to assume the costs for their waste management. The EPR concept has been widely implemented in Europe and is now included in the new solid waste legislation in Bolivia (2015). However, the law has not yet been operationalised for waste generated by the transport sector. Thanks to Swisscontacts’ previous experience in sustainable urban waste management we have a trustful relationship to the relevant public entities and private recycling companies. This offers a unique opportunity to support them in operationalising the EPR legislation, raising awareness among the actors along the value chain of the transportation sector to properly handle the waste and support the recycling companies to develop new business models and generate jobs to recycle the waste materials.
2019 - 2022
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