Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) should be permitted in all recycled materials at concentrations of up to 500 parts per million, the EU Council has agreed in its position on a revision of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regulation.
Campaigners recently warned that the chemicals – flame retardants restricted since 2004 under the Stockholm convention – are present in alarming levels in toys manufactured using recycled plastic, where limits are higher than for virgin materials.
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