Decree Restricting Export of Plastic Waste Suspended

The Constitutional Court of Guatemala has temporarily suspended the decree regulating the export of waste plastics (PET).

Friday, November 25, 2011

Government Agreement 333-2011, in force since October 14, sets an annual export quota of 2,400 tons for waste and scrap plastic.

The ruling of the Constitutional Court (CC) does not refer to the reasons for the suspension.

According to an article in Prensalibre.com review: "... the CC has scheduled hearings for the next 15 days for the Presidency and Ministry of Economy, Environment, and the prosecutor."

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