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Parliament backs deal to reduce harmful chemicals in waste

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In order to create a toxic-free environment and a real circular economy, MEPs agreed on Tuesday to impose stricter limits on persistent organic pollutants.

Plenary adopted the new rules on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and how to manage waste that contains them, with 534 votes to 25 and 66 abstentions.

While POPs are generally not present in new products, they can still be found in waste and hence pose a threat to the environment and to human health. In order to protect the circular lifespan of products, materials containing levels of POPs above the new and reduced concentration limits will have to be destroyed and cannot be recycled.



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