Notes from the Field: E-waste in Brasil - Lixo Eletrônico and MetaReciclagem


  • Felipe Fonseca
  • Daniela de Carvalho Matielo



As probably every other country in the world, in recent years Brazil has seen an immense increase in the production and consumption of electro-electronics equipment, which generates, as expected, an equally large amount of e-waste. However, there is a general lack of information about health and environmental issues among actors involved with the e-waste cycle, and very limited public discussion about the topic. Also, proper legislation to regulate the destination of all this material does not yet exist. The National Policy on Solid Residuals, which has been discussed in the Brazilian Congress since 1991, had shown signs of including ewaste management. But the responsible working group in the Chamber of Deputies has recently decided to make an amendment to its 33rd article, dealing with the regulation of reverse logistics (take-back) and mandatory recycling of special waste, and no longer considering electronic equipment as such. In response to that, the collective Lixo Eletrônico decided to publish a manifesto and open an online petition drawing attention to the change in the bill. The article offers an overview of the situation and the issues involved and explains the action that is being carried out by the Lixo Eletrônico Collective, presenting the first outcomes and next steps.




How to Cite

Fonseca, Felipe, and Daniela de Carvalho Matielo. 2009. “Notes from the Field: E-Waste in Brasil - Lixo Eletrônico and MetaReciclagem”. The International Review of Information Ethics 11 (October). Edmonton, Canada:16-19.