MEPs reject ‘weak’ toxic POPs recycled plastic limit

Environmental campaigners have said a vote by the European Parliament on Thursday would protect children from highly toxic chemicals in recycled plastics

Environmental campaigners have said a vote by the European Parliament on Thursday would protect children from highly toxic chemicals in recycled plastics.

MEPs in Strasbourg voted to throw out a proposal by the centre-right EPP group that opponents said could allow toxic decaBDE substances, used as flame retardants, into recycled plastics including toys.

The Parliament voted by 576 to 23 for a report drafted by environment committee rapporteur Julie Girling (EPP) on European Commission proposals to reform regulations on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), tightening concentration levels for the substances in consumer products.

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