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Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

18 July 2019

We are gaining a better understanding of the hazardous in waste all the time. Gov.UK sum things up well with regards to POPs: Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are poisonous chemical substances that break down slowly and get into food chains as a result. In the past POPs were used in various products including pesticides and industrial chemicals, and released during chemical and agricultural processes. The manufacture, sale and use of products containing POPs is now banned. The concept of Producer Responsibility is often criticised but without producers funding the environmentally sound recycling of e-waste then the cost would land with local authorities. This would ultimately then be funded by tax payers. Much better for Producers to be funding which in turn is then passed on to consumers of new goods as commercials re-balance. MRW have covered some of the challenges around the impact of POPs in this article: https://www.mrw.co.uk/latest/huge-cost-increases-in-weee-recycling-due-to-regs-shake-up/10043616.article

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