MONTEVIDEO – The government of Uruguay is drafting legislation to finance waste-management programs with the proceeds of a tax on firms that generate pollution, Environment Minister Eneida de Leon said on Friday.
“It is a very complicated subject,” De Leon said before the inauguration of a workshop on a national waste management strategy.
The aim of the draft bill is to provide support to municipal and provincial administration that lack the means to resolve all of their waste-management issues, she told reporters.
Alejandro Nario, national director for the environment, told EFE that the legislation will be based on “a public trust that taxes those businesses which, as a result of their commercial activities, generate negative realities for the environment.”
The trust fund would support public programs for “recycling, re-use and other means of waste disposal,” he said.
De Leon said the government is most concerned about pollution that has an impact on sources of drinking water, while stressing that the problem is bigger than the activity of firms.
“Beyond pollution caused by businesses, we are talking about the entire population, the role of consumption, the use of plastic bags and non-returnable containers,” the minister said.