CETESB establishes procedure for environmental licensing of establishments involved in reverse logistics systems and for dispensing CADRI in the state of São Paulo


In brief

On February 2, 2021, CETESB’s Board Decision No. 008/2021/P was published. In summary, it releases from environmental licensing or any other declaration from CETESB locals or places of delivery; collection points; sorting center; and reception center, except stations and reception centers for the packaging of pesticides, lubricating oil (including packaging and automotive filters); lamps containing mercury, batteries and portable batteries; lead-acid batteries and packaging of sanitizing for restricted sale to specialized companies, as long as these places are not implemented in sites subject to licensing.


The rules regarding the requirement or exemption of environmental licensing of establishments involved in the reverse logistics systems of the following products apply: a) Lubricating oils; b) Plastic packaging for automotive lubricating oils; c)  Automotive lubricating oil filters; d) Tires; e) Automotive batteries; f) Batteries and portable batteries; g) Electrical and electronic products and their accessories; h) Fluorescent, sodium and mercury vapor and mixed light lamps; i) Edible oils; j) Home medicines for human use and their packaging; k) Food packaging; l) Beverage packaging; m) Packaging of personal hygiene products, perfumery and cosmetics; n) Packaging of cleaning products; o) Empty pesticide packaging; p) Empty packaging of sanitizing for restricted sale to specialized companies; q) Empty packaging for real estate paints.  

However, even with the exemption of CETESB’s licensing and declaration, the establishments must continue obtaining authorizations and other required legal documents, as well as complying with local, state and federal legislations.

More detail

The Decision also exempts consumers who generate waste subject to take back requirements listed above from obtaining the Certificate of Handling of Waste of Environmental Interest (CADRI); and those responsible for operating the reverse logistics scheme, as long as they have a valid Term of Commitment with CETESB / SIMA for primary transportation of waste of environmental interest from the collection or delivery point to the establishment involved in the scheme, as a sorting center, central receiving and processing unit and / or treatment or final disposal. CADRI remains applicable to secondary transportation.

Finally, the Decision brings specific definitions for management of EEE domestic waste equipment after use; household medicine and packaging after use; and lead-acid batteries.

Our Environmental and Sustainability team is available for further clarifications on the subject.

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