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Chile Launches their First Ecolabel

Posted on: November 24, 2020

by Raissa Havens

woman checking labels - Chile Launches their First EcolabelAiming to transform the problem of waste into a valuable input and a sustainable business opportunity, “#ElijoReciclar” is the first ecolabel in Chile launched in November 2020.

The development of the seal is part of the Eco-Labeling Clean Production Agreement (APL), a public-private agreement signed between Sociedad de Fomento Fabril (SOFOFA), the Ministry of the Environment and the Agency for Sustainability and Climate Change (ASCC). A committee was formed made up of representatives of these organizations and the following ones as well: Consumers National Service (SERNAC), the Circular Consumers Association (AdC Circular) and the National Institute of Standardization (INN).

A product may obtain the seal if at least 80% of the weight of the container is made of recyclable materials, if those materials can be separated from the rest of the container for recycling and if there is currently a demand from the packaging industry for recycling them.

Furthermore, a label with recycling information is a complement to the #ElijoReciclar seal and must be incorporated on the packaging as well. The goal of this label is to provide information in a standardized way that allows the citizens of Chile to know what to do with the container, promoting a culture of recycling at a national level.

All these aspects are fundamental to the REP Law (Extended Producer Responsibility), which establishes that manufacturers of certain products must finance the management of waste derived from its products thus meeting recycling goals defined for these products. Some of the products the law sets requirements for are lubricant oils, electrical and electronic devices, batteries, tires, containers and packaging.

The ecolabel project is aimed at any organization that sells products in the area of food and beverages, sanitizers, cosmetics, and consumer packaged goods in general. They can apply for the evaluation of the containers and packaging of their products by completing a form with the company’s information and specifications for each SKU container. The forms and other information about the certification process can be found on the website under References.

According to the Ministry of Environment, 37 companies have joined the initiative until this date, certifying more than 800 products. It is expected to reach 1,000 more certifications this year and more than 2,000 by the end of 2021. This initiative is expected to steadily grow by inviting new companies to participate in the APRL every 6 months, and each one will then be eligible to display the seal on the packaging once they have adhered to the APL.

Recommended Action Items

  • Check if the packaging of your products that are manufactured or sold in Chile are made of recyclable material and there is currently a demand for those materials from the packaging industry.
  • Apply for the eco-label certification as an opportunity to stay competitive within the national market and promote a sustainable culture.

References

Ministry of the Environment. Eco-label website https://elijoreciclar.mma.gob.cl/

Ministry of the Environment. REP Law https://mma.gob.cl/economia-circular/ley-de-fomento-al-reciclaje/

Keywords:

Chile, Labels, Packaging, Sustainability, Recycling


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