More than 141,000 people attended IFAT 2018 in Munich, Germany, the latest version of the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste, and raw materials management. More than 3,300 companies from 58 countries presented solutions to issues in this area.
As a result of the interest sparked by implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Law, the Chilean Meat Exporters’ Association (ChileCarne) participated in a delegation of companies organized by the German-Chilean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CAMCHAL. The delegation attended this international event to build on successful experiences related to waste treatment and management and forge connections with cutting-edge technology companies in this area.
Renzo Boccanegra, a member of the ChileCarne Sustainability Department, took part in the delegation. Besides attending the trade fair, he also made technical visits to institutions such as the municipal waste company, Wurzer Umwelt (a group of waste separation and plastic granulating companies), and the Fraunhofer Institute, among others. The purpose of these visits was to learn first-hand about how the waste management system in Germany works and the solutions being applied in the packaging sector. “Since regulations for waste management are now being developed, it is very important for our sector to have a complete understanding of how the logistics and flow of materials works in countries that have extensive experience in this area, in order to contribute to the discussion on the regulations here in Chile,” said Renzo Boccanegra.
The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Law took effect in Chile in 2016. Starting in December 2017, the law is gradually being implemented for six different product categories, a process that is expected to be complete by 2021.