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Open letter to Commissioner Vella to ban the recycling of materials containing toxic flame retardants

HEAL supports an open letter to Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, sent by the Centre for International Environmental Law, the European Environmental Bureau, Women in Europe for Common Future and IPEN, calling on the EU Commission to ban the recycling of materials containing toxic flame retardants.

The letter, supported by a host of NGOs and public interest groups worldwide, highlights the need to stop DecaBDE, reappearing in recycled products. DecaBDE is a toxic flame retardant mainly used in plastics for electronic and electrical equipment and in textiles. The substance is bioaccumulative, meaning it accumulates in living organisms and persistent, thereby staying in the environment for years. It also has potential adverse effects on human and animal hormone, reproductive, and nervous systems.

The issue will be addressed by both the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in September and the Stockholm Convention POPs Review committee in October this year.

The letter is available here

Originally posted on 8 September 2015

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