Rodrigo Leiva Neumann’s 25-year career in waste management began in France and continued in Chile, where he managed national waste and recovery programs across several industry sectors as a Veolia Environment executive. Rod established his consulting practice, Valoryza, in 2010 to play an active role in in the establishment of Chile’s new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) approach.
Rod has been actively involved in Chilean EPR since its introduction in 2010. He works closely with the Chilean Environmental Agency and major industry producers – initially to develop the nation’s EPR Law Framework – and more recently, to advise Government and Industry on the implementation of EPR Law relating to Chile’s 6 priority products (packaging, WEEE, tyres, used oils, car batteries and batteries for electronic devices).
As a former Chair of the Chilean AEPA (Association of Companies for the Environment), Rod played a key role in developing a collaborative professional community focused on Chile’s emerging waste management services, recycling, environmental technologies, water treatment solutions, and consultancy companies.
Rod’s consultancy also supports the design and administration of Product Stewardship initiatives (including Chile’s first Product Stewardship for used glass bottles), advises major producers (including Coca Cola bottlers, Walmart) on waste and recovery feasibility, strategy, design, planning and implementation.
Rod’s keen interest in international EPR and Product Stewardship best practice, and how these can be applied in Latin America has extended his network across the globe, where he engages with authorities and Product Stewardship organizations in the EU, Canada, Australia and USA.
Rod graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and holds an MBA from Lleida University, Spain.