Understanding Legislation on Waste Containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the UK

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation. Due to their persistence, these substances can travel long distances and accumulate in human and animal tissue, posing significant risks to human health and the environment.

What is the POPs Regulation?

The European Union's Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants, often referred to as the POPs Regulation, was established to protect human health and the environment by banning or severely restricting the production, placing on the market and use of POPs. In the United Kingdom, this regulation has been incorporated into UK law following Brexit and is known as the Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.

What does the POPs Regulation Cover?

The POPs Regulation covers a wide range of substances that have been identified as Persistent Organic Pollutants. These substances include many industrial chemicals and pesticides, as well as certain unintentional by-products of industrial processes, such as dioxins and furans.

Responsibilities Under the POPs Regulation

Under the POPs Regulation, businesses are responsible for identifying and managing any POPs that may be present in their products or waste. They are required to take measures to reduce or eliminate the release of POPs into the environment and must ensure that waste containing POPs is disposed of in a manner that is safe and environmentally sound. This often involves high temperature incineration or another method that destroys the POPs.

Furthermore, businesses must maintain records of the quantities and types of POPs they produce, use, or dispose of, and may be required to report this information to the regulatory authorities.

POPs and You

As a consumer or business user of products that may contain POPs, it is crucial that you handle and dispose of these items responsibly. At Southern Electrical Recycling LTD, we can help you to ensure that any waste containing POPs is disposed of in a manner that is compliant with the POPs Regulation, protecting both human health and the environment.

Whether it's POP-filled items like certain older electrical equipment or specific types of furniture, we ensure your waste is treated and recycled safely and responsibly. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you manage your waste containing Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Please note that this page provides a general summary of the POPs Regulation and is not comprehensive. For the most complete and up-to-date information, please refer to the legislation directly on the .Gov website here.