Toxic Loophole: Recycling Hazardous Waste into New Products

16.10.2018 - BRUSSELS

"Between April and June 2018, 430 plastic items including toys, hair accessories, kitchen utensils and other consumer products were purchased in stores and markets in both European Union Member States (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden) and surrounding Central and Eastern European countries (Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, and Serbia). All items were screened with a handheld XRF analyser showing that 109 samples (25%) had an elevated level of bromine and antimony indicating recycled plastic, most likely from e-waste."

Read the full report and Executive Summary
Read the related press-release from October 16, 2018
See the photos of the most contaminated items

PHOTO: Markéta Šedivá / Arnika

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