ECHA database on articles containing substances of very high concern
Under the revised Waste Framework Directive,
ECHA has been given a task to build a database on articles containing
substances of very high concern (SVHCs) from the Candidate List. The
main aim is to support circular economy, prevent waste being generated
and reduce hazardous substances in materials and products.
The database is part of the EU’s new package, aiming to reuse recycled waste as a reliable source of raw materials in the future. By
having a better knowledge of which articles contain hazardous
substances, waste treatment operators can improve their waste separation
and recycling processes. It will also increase authorities’ information
on Candidate List substances in articles.
ECHA database will contain information on articles containing Candidate
List substances, in quantities of more than 0.1 % of their weight. Companies
who supply such articles – either produced in the EU or imported – will
need to submit company data, Candidate List substance data, the article
description and safe use instructions of the article to ECHA.
This information requirement is not new. Under REACH, companies already have to communicate information on articles containing Candidate List substances down the supply chain.
However, there is very little information for waste operators about the hazardous substances in the waste they are processing. This
can lead to hazardous substances ending up in recycled materials. The
database aims to resolve this gap in the information flow.
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