Latin America Car Recycling

latinamericaMore than $ 8 million annually is spent by Swedish company Tetra Pak only on environmental programs in Latin America, told EFE director of that company environment, the Brazilian engineer Fernando Von Zuben, who visited Panama this week.

Von Zuben explained that currently triple laminated packaging conservation products are “one hundred percent recyclable” and allow processing corrugated sheets Growbag, packaging, pen loops and other products that help reduce pollution and reduce the use of trees.

“The education of citizens is very important, along with the commitment of companies and governments” to stop the deterioration of the planet, said the manager, this week in Panama on the beginning of the project before traveling to Guatemala and El Salvador to see paths recycling plants.

He explained that between Central America and the Caribbean they annually produce 30,000 tons of waste from these triple packaging laminates, of which “only 10% is recycled,” so that “there is great scope for development in recycling from home when the citizen agrees to separate containers and carried collection centers “.

recycling-mexicoHe explained that in the case of Panama, now where recycling is 4% of total waste of this type, the “compensation” receiving country is that “the whole amount of tons of material recycled is delivered to the Association National Conservation of Nature (Ancon) “, a leading environmental organizations in the country.

Today in Latin America, a tonne of material for recycling pays between $150 to $200, indicated by his colleague, the environmental manager for Central America and the Caribbean, William Pugliese.

“There’s profit in the trash,” said Von Zuben, who noted that therefore we must promote waste separation in glass, aluminum, steel or plastic, because they “become raw materials” and can be used again by creative industries like welders or other auto industries.

Tetra Pak launched in 1983 in Panama, from where it spread to Latin America with its aseptic packaging.

Von Zuben explained that in Panama they have a web page called that helps consumers locate which of the 40 collection sites for recycling and car parts is closer to your home, or if the supermarket is a collections depot.

In this regard, this activity has “plenty of opportunity” to capture revenues for small and micro enterprises, and signature drives across the continent the organization of scavengers (collectors) in specialized cooperatives in the selection of materials for recycling .

The Brazilian engineer Von Xuben said that his country currently recycles 30% of the collection of material, 70,000 tons, generating an economy of US $ 40 million annually, involving 35 recycling plants and over 60 cooperative pickers .

In Central America, each country has one recycling plant except El Salvador, where there are two, and added in Latin America there are 65. The recycling of car parts in the region has been transformed in recent years with several political leaders pushing for further reforms.



Recycling Program Endorsed by Mexican Government


Mexico City Governor Eruviel Ávila endorsed the Government of Mexico with the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), for investments and the number of plants continue to grow this industry in the state, because this means more jobs for mexicans and greater economic benefit to increase the competitiveness of the state.

“I expressed solidarity and willingness to create a permanent alliance with the association for this industry to grow in the country and, of course, especially in the State of Mexico. We are the entity that most plants have on the automotive industry and we are interested in the State of Mexico continue to promote these plants or, if necessary, can be increased, more economic benefit and more employment is generated and thus more competitive for our state, “he said.

Noting that the automotive industry generates more than 130,000 jobs in the state in the form of sales, automotive manufacturing and other sub industries, Eruviel Avila said his administration is constantly working to offer more investors better competitive advantages, such as the implementation of State Vehicle Recycling Program, with which they have chatarrizado more than 43,000 vehicles in so far this year to combat theft of vehicles and auto parts, as well as improving the environment, preventing pollution of ground water  and air.

Accompanied by Eduardo Solis Sanchez, president of the AMIA, the director of this organization and Adrian Fuentes Felix Villalobos, Secretary of State for Economic Development, explained that this program was made possible with the modification that the administration made to the Administrative Code of the State of Mexico in Articles 7.7.4 and 7.7.5, so that cars older than six months in corrals or deposits, without being claimed, are given as abandoned and are applicable to scrapping. This will enable car and van parts to become more available to the public in the long term as well as increase the supply of used trucks.

The governor added that the Government of Mexico promoted the reform of Article 152 of the Penal Code, which punishes criminal property owners where auto parts or vehicles sold illegally obtained, and empowers the Ministry of Economic Development to issue a Feasibility license to these establishments, provided they meet the requirements of urban development, environmental impact and the origin of motor is known.


He also mentioned that the first stage of this project is a survey of sites that sell auto parts and vehicles for compliance with regulations and procedures in irregularities is are found.

Eruviel Ávila vowed to take to the bosom of the National Conference of Governors (Conago) and Megalopolis, the main concerns of this sector, most notably the creation of a vehicular magazine to ensure that cars have the physicochemical conditions mechanical and safety for driving, ensuring the integrity of motorists and pedestrians.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Solis, president of the AMIA, said that the state government and the agency will work to create more opportunities for development, and to encourage technological and engineering potential in this sector, since it has a special interest in the area.

The Governor made a very important speech highlighting the most important features that make the State of Mexico today not only the state that has more of our industry and OEMs like ford but also have the desire to have the authority to go climbing for more engineering, more technological development.