The Brazilian electronic market is considered the fifth biggest after China, USA, Japan and Russia. The inclusion of Brazil as the biggest economy of the Latin American subcontinent into the SECO e-waste program has been considered continuously. Several states in Brazil have initiated e-waste initiatives, are drafting or have issued e-waste relevant regulations or have established separate collection of particular e-waste fractions. These developments contrast the national perception of e-waste. The national government is discussing since more than a decade a national law for solid waste and obstructs the drafting of subsidiary laws and regulations such as a national e-waste law. But also a strong industry opposition persists against any intentions to apply the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for electrical and electronic products.
During a feasibility study conducted in 2008, several state initiatives in the field of e-waste were evaluated. Current projects in state of Minas Gerais were selected as strong partners for both: boosting e-waste initiatives on a state level and create synergies to the country projects in Colombia and Peru.
Minas Gerais government has recently approved of a state solid waste legislation and has launched the 3RsPC project which intends to reduce reuse and recycle waste of electrical and electronic equipment as well as to promote the formulation of public policy and development of technologies related to the theme. To implement the project the State Environmental Foundation (Fundação Estadual de Meio Ambiente, Feam) has joint up with Committee for democracy in information technology (Comitê para Democratização da Informática, CDI-MG), a Brazilian NGO with international outreach, concerned about bridging the digital divide. The ‘Associação de Usuários de Informática e Telecomunicações de Minas Gerais’ (SUCESU) which has strong links to CDI-MG and ‘AVINA foundation’ are other stakeholders active in e-waste issues.