Furthermore, as of September 30th, 2016, materials containing over 1,000 mg/kg are no longer allowed to be recycled. Instead, they should be destroyed in municipal waste incineration plants in accordance with Art. 7 (2) of the POP Regulation (EC) No 850/2004.
In certain German federal states, however, the application of the regulation tends to impede rather than promote the desired method of disposal. In some cases, the material cannot be incinerated due to its classification as “hazardous waste” (e.g. in cement plants in Rhineland-Palatinate). Moreover, many waste management companies and incineration plants either cannot accept this waste anymore or only at excessive prices, because this waste doesn’t fit within their logistical concept or the functionality of the facility. Due to this, housing companies in particular have problems disposing of the insulating material in accordance with the legal requirements.
Therefore, on December 16th, 2016, based on a proposal from Saarland, the German Bundesrat decided on a draft to amend the regulation on the European List of Waste. It is indisputable that HBCD is hazardous to the environment and must be removed from circulation. However, in order to counteract this problem, a one-year exemption should be issued for materials containing HBCD. This is meant to allow for a sustainable solution to be found, for a concept to be generated, and, where necessary, for the waste incineration plants to be upgraded appropriately. Nevertheless, it is not intended to mean that materials contain HBCD should once again be classified as nonhazardous. The exemption merely serves to help meet the legal requirements for disposing of these materials in the future.
For years, the GBA Laboratory Group has been conducting analyses of a wide range of organic and inorganic flame-retardants in diverse matrices. In addition to testing heat insulation and electronic products, we also analyze these substance groups in sediment, water, soil, and biota samples, even at trace levels. Furthermore, we follow the latest developments on the market for you, so that we may continue to support you with competent advice and service.
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