Friday, December 1, 2023

The REP Forum met all expectations and reinforced the need for collaboration

However, the highlight of the REP Forum was the two days that followed at the Renaissance Hotel. On the 25th, five very valuable panels met regarding the information that emerged there: A new industry was born: waste management and its recovery; Management systems: the REP Law engine room; The new era of containers and packaging: innovation, reuse and new materials; The textile crusade and the reinvention of the fashion world industry; and finally Selective collection and pre-treatment: key links for valorization.

In the aforementioned first table, hosted by Pablo Badenier, Antonia Biggs, general manager of the National Association of the Recycling Industry (ANIR); the aforementioned Óscar Martín; and Andrés Jensen, corporate manager of Development and New Business at AMBIPAR, who talked about waste management and its recovery.

“As a company, we are honored to participate in this well-organized initiative that unites all actors in this ecosystem for the victory of the REP Law. In the panel we emphasized that capacity building is essential. It also raises the bar in terms of the standards of our operations for the classification and pretreatment of materials that allow other actors in the virtuous circle to fulfill their obligations and objectives,” said Andrés Jensen, whose company a services leader. environmental with more than 40 years of experience.

Next, a lot of interest was generated at the table, bringing two representatives of two management systems that already have all the permissions to participate in the process and one from the future management system. Moderated by Circular Economy consultant and former head of the MMA Circular Economy Office, Guillermo González, the panel included presentations by Isidro Pereda, general manager of ReSimple, packaging management system; Alejandro Navech, general manager of Neuvol, end-of-life tire management system; and Mariana Pavón, manager of TRAEE, future collective management system for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

In this regard, Isidro Pereda appreciated the “advice, experience and debate that arose for development and collaboration. This is a marathon: we hope to reach in 12 years what it takes Europeans 30 to reach collection and recycling rates that will allow us to have sustainable development. Meanwhile, Alejandro Navech, from Neuvol, expressed his satisfaction with “the panel’s delivery of the experience of how we were authorized by the Court for the Defense of Free Competition (TDLC), in MMA.” He said that “we have been able to tender the bidders for the recycling and effective recovery of out-of-use tires (NFU). We want them to be transformed into raw materials for acoustic insulation, for sports, for banks of squares. The importance of this forum is to talk about the experiences that everyone has and to transfer that knowledge to other actors.

The next panel, number 3, specifically covers the subject of containers and packaging. Moderated by Nathalia Silva, Circular Economy Manager of ReSimple, Paolo Mazza, General Manager of Circular Market participated; Felipe Morales, corrugated biopackaging innovation manager of CMPC; Mariana Soto, general manager of the National Center for Containers and Packaging (CENEM); and Leonardo Márquez, corporate head of Environment at Empresas Iansa.

According to Felipe Morales, “at CMPC we have a permanent commitment to sustainability, especially with natural fiber as part of our processes. We are talking about the desire to expand its use to support the environment, and encourage its reuse, creating new products for new uses and applications. With the collaboration, we plan to continue it every day.

Then, it’s turn to table 4 whose central topic is the textile industry, a very important topic that cannot be reduced through the REP Law. This panel, moderated by Sebastián Carvallo, deputy director of Sustainable Production at ASCC, presented Fernanda Kluever, Clients and Sustainability Manager in Paris at Cencosud SA; Irina Reyes, vice president of the Sustainable Design Chamber; and Catalina Giraldo, director of Sustainable Value Chains (CAV+S).

For Fernanda Kluever, from Paris, it is appropriate that the REP Forum considers the textile industry to resolve the doubts and put the issue on the table: “It is interesting that all the actors come together and review what can be done about the change or the habits. consumption, the practices of the company and the collaboration between different market actors”

Wednesday’s session ended with panel 5 discussing selective collection and pretreatment as key links for recovery. This table was chaired by the head of the Circular Economy Office of the MMA, Tomás Saieg, who appreciated the event promoted by the REP Forum: “We learned from actors with a lot of experience in the selected collection. This is an excellent way to apply the principle of collaboration that everyone talks about, but few practice.

The panelists at this table include Nelson Urra, general manager of Giro; José Luis Navajas, general manager of Starco Demarco KDM; Elier González, general director Veolia Chile and Peru; and Carolina Escandon, Central Zone Sales Manager of Hidronor Chile SA “We explained the big challenge we have as a company regarding the dramatic change in the way we recycle communities and the entire packaging value chain and packaging waste. We are looking for the commitment of all actors to be able to raise the valuation rates between now and the next 12 years,” said Nelson Urra.

Meanwhile, José Luis Navajas, from Starco Demarco KDM, appreciates the debate raised at the table, because “we are a link, we are between the neighbor, the generator and the valorizer. We need three systems to adapt, and so that the costs are in line with the reality of the country, because the objectives are the rule. Meanwhile, Elier González pointed out the need to solve these issues in the communities, which is why he emphasized what could be communication with REP Law.

“The implementation of the REP system is the cultural change that society needs. Need to talk about the topic. I hope that this REP Forum will be repeated, because it should be a topic of the general domain and it should be done widely. This is our responsibility,” González recalled.

Finally, Carolina Escandon, from Hidronor, considers that the company “plays a relevant role in the REP Law as facilitators of these management systems, by offering different alternatives for the recovery of industrial waste and hazardous waste, use of pretreatment with respective permits. corresponding”.

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