Latest news - Autumn 2016
elimination of HBCD
Kay-Metzeler is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment and legal compliance.
With this in mind we stopped the manufacture of EPS insulation using Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in January of 2015. The sunset date(under REACH regulations) for the use of HBCD in raw material form was August 2015, we decided on the early implementation of these regulations in order that our customers were HBCD free before the sunset date and also to reduce our impact on the environment.
The next phase of elimination of HBCD from the supply chain is concerns the recycling of HBCD containing materials:
Regulation (EU) 2016/460 came into force on the 30/09/16, this regulation requires that all materials containing >1000mg/kg of HBCD must be destroyed.
From 30/09/16 products containing HBCD should not be land filled or recycled; the designated method of disposal in the UK is by municipal incineration preferably with waste recovery.
Please see attached Environment Agency guidance on HBCD.
So that we can still provide an outlet for customers to recycle expanded polystyrene products,
we will require a waste transfer note including the following comment:
Description of waste
If you require any further information you can contact our technical team on 01245 342104 or email us at email@example.com
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