On 15 November 2018 the European Parliament voted in favour of a very low threshold for a frequently used brominated flame retardant Deca-BDE in plastics that have been used in electronic and electrical products and waste. This brominated flame retardant was listed as “new” POP in the last meeting COP of the Stockholm Convention. The substance was listed in REACH earlier last year with a threshold of 1000 ppm based upon an Impact Assessment.
Yesterday, however, a recast proposal of the EU POP regulation with a 100-fold reduction of this threshold has been voted for in the European Parliament. If this vote would indeed be converted into law, it will have devastating environmental effects and implies that the recycling of E-waste plastics in the EU will come to an end.