New common EU limit values for 8 POP substances in waste
On 10 June 2023, new common EU limit values for 8 POP substances in waste come into force. POP substances (Persistent Organic Pollutants) have toxic properties and break down very slowly in nature. Therefore, in 2023 the EU has set common limit values for four new POP substances in waste and lowered the limit values for four other POP substances in waste.
Regulation (EC) No. 1021/2019 on persistent organic pollutants (POP Regulation) implements, among other things, the obligations in EU legislation contained in the global agreement Stockholm Convention on POP substances. The overall purpose of the regulation is to limit the release of POP substances into the environment. The regulation restricts the marketing of POP substances and sets conditions for the manufacture, use and waste management of the POP substances.
On 10 June 2023, new common EU limit values for 8 POP substances in waste come into force. The limit values are important for how waste containing POP substances must be handled. With the changes, limit values for PCP, PFOA, PFHxS and Dicofol are set in Annexes IV and V to the regulation. In addition, the limit values for SCCP, PBDE, Dioxin / furan and HBCDD are lowered in Annex IV. The dioxin-like PCBs, dioxin and furan are collected under the same limit value in Annex IV and V. To the limit value for tetrabromodiphenyl ether, pentabromodiphenyl ether, hexabromodiphenyl ether, heptabromodiphenyl ether (PBDE) in Annex V, decabromodiphenyl ether is added.
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