Guatemala Restricts Plastic Waste Export

The Ministry of Finance has established an annual quota of 2,400 metric tons, and for the remainder of 2011 will only allow 600 tonnes to be exported.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The regulation reflects the need to ensure the supply of this raw material for the domestic industry under the Governmental Agreement 333-2011 published in the Official Journal.

The document in question refers to the need to encourage and promote the domestic industry "dedicated to the care, maintenance and cleaning of the environment, primarily the part associated with waste collection" especially relating to plastics because "the industry represents a significant source of direct and indirect employment '”, reported

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Decree Restricting Export of Plastic Waste Suspended

November 2011

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

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.

Protests Over Plastic Waste Export Restrictions

October 2011

Guatemalan companies in the sector said that the measure constitutes "price fixing which eliminates competition, and encourages the formation of monopolies and privileges for certain companies."

The Ministry of Economy has restricted the export of waste, and scrap plastic, threatening companies that engage in this activity, said the Exporters Association of Guatemala.

Restrictions Repealed on Export of Plastics

April 2012

Governmental Agreement number 333-2011 of December 2011, which set annual quotas for the export of waste, parings and scrap plastic, has been repealed.

The regulation establishing annual fees implemented by the previous government was rejected by small business owners and recyclers.

Guatemala: Growth in Plastic Scrap Exports

July 2013

Between January and May, recycled plastic exports generated revenues of $2.2 million.

Jalil de Leon, executive director of the union of plastics companies attached to the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG), said that the domestic industry is also taking advantage of this market, a sector which reported growth of 12% in terms of the volume of what is recycled and transformed.

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