POPS Regulations

POPS Regulations

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulations

The Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling (ICER), in cooperation with Defra and the Environment Agency, recently investigated the presence of chemicals used as flame-retardants in more than 2000 items of WEEE. They found the plastic components found in Display Devices and Small Mixed WEEE often contain high levels of hazardous chemicals and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The presence of POPs, antimony trioxide, and hazardous brominated flame-retardants means that these wastes are classified as hazardous waste.

Wastes classified as hazardous are subject to hazardous waste controls within England, which are:

  • They must be moved using hazardous waste consignment notes
  • Hazardous waste records must be kept by all parties

The waste management of WEEE devices containing high levels of POPs, above legal limits, is strictly controlled by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulations 2007. The POPs present in the plastics of waste display devices and small mixed WEEE must be destroyed (or irreversibly transformed). You are not allowed to recycle these plastics. In practice, this means the plastics containing the POPs must be destroyed by incineration (or potentially other high temperature processes like a cement kiln).

In order make compliance with this requirement as simple as possible, REMONDIS is an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility under registration number WEE/OF00006ZT/ATF and operates a dedicated WEEE collection service for our customers. If you wish to discuss your requirements further don’t hesitate to contact a friendly member of the WEEE team.


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