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A Study to Facilitate the Implementation of the Waste Related Provisions of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on Persistent Organic Pollutants - CB0438

Description
The aim of this study was to assess the impact of the addition of the Annexes of EC Regulation 850/2004 on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) on UK recycling and waste management, and to recommend suitable limits for waste. These changes are as a consequence of amendments Stockholm Convention, and this legislation will affect the following chemicals:

perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives, otherwise known as PFOS,

and the following polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs),
tetrabromodiphenyl ether
pentabromodiphenyl ether
hexabromodiphenyl ether
heptabromodiphenyl ether

These PBDEs are used in the mixtures c-pentaBDE and c-octaBDE, which have historically been used as flame retardants in plastics. Based on global and UK production and consumption data, waste statistics and life cycle analysis, the concentrations of these chemicals in waste and recycling streams in the UK were estimated. Only those products were taken into account in which waste BDE and PFOS are expected to appear.

Since this research was undertaken, a more recent and comprehensive study has been carried out for the European Commission and published in May 2011. This information is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/studies/index.htm
Objective
This project aims to assess the impact of adding Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (C8F17SO2X) (PFOS) and tetrabromodiphenyl ether (C12H6Br4O), pentabromodiphenyl ether (C12H5Br5O), hexabromodiphenyl ether (C12H4Br6O) and heptabromodiphenyl ether (C12H3Br7O) (BDEs) to the Annexes of Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004 on Persistent Organic Pollutants (The POPs Regulation).

The EU’s obligations under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the Stockholm Convention) and the Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the POPs Protocol) are implemented through the POPs Regulation. Following the addition of 9 new substances to the Stockholm Convention at the Fourth Conference of the Parties (COP4) in May 2009, the POPs Regulation will be amended to list the additional substances in its annexes. This amendment will come into force on 26th August, 2010.

This project therefore aims to compile and evaluate data on the concentration limits of PFOS and BDEs in articles in order to facilitate the implementation of the waste related provisions of the POPs Regulation once it has been amended to include these substances in its Annexes IV and V.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : A Study to Facilitate the Implementation of the Waste Related Provisions of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on Persistent Organic Pollutants   (637k)
• ANX - Annex : A Study to Facilitate the Implementation of the Waste Related Provisions of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on Persistent Organic Pollutants   (1236k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2010

Cost: £46,900
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Oakdene Hollins Ltd
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Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology