Danes winkle out phthalates in domestic rubbish

Official study looks at routes to minimise dispersion of DEHP, other contaminants, in waste

A study by Denmark's environmental protection agency (EPA) of the phthalate DEHP in household waste has underlined the importance of sorting at source in waste collection and treatment routines.

While concluding that "in general the existing guidelines... for source separation of household waste are sufficiently precise and restrictive to ensure an acceptable waste quality as far as DEHP is concerned", the EPA sees room for improvement in the compliance of individual households. In particular, it recommends the use of dedicated paper bags or "special types" of plastic bags for kitchen waste, delivered by waste collection companies directly to households.

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