Governments agree PBDE limit for recycled materials

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

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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