European lawmakers introduce stricter limits on persistent organic pollutants in waste

European Parliament members have voted in favor of draft legislation that strengthens waste restrictions in Annexes IV and V to the Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation (EU) 2019/1021. The newly adopted rules meet the dual objective of aligning the EU legislation with the Stockholm Convention and accomplishing ambitions under the EU Green Deal’s Chemicals Strategy and Circular Economy Action Plan.

Background: Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

  • The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international treaty that was adopted in 2001 under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The treaty’s objective is to reduce and eliminate production, use and releases of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs are carbon-based substances that are resistant to degradation in the environment, able to travel long distances across international boundaries, accumulate in living organisms, and are toxic to humans and wildlife. They consist primarily of pesticides, industrial chemicals, and unintentional by-products of industrial processes.

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