#ToxicsFree Recycling

Chemical health hazards found in plastic products from 11 African and Arabic countries

Chemical health hazards found in plastic products from 11 African and Arabic countries

A new report finds that many toys and other products made from recycled plastic sold in Africa and Arabic countries contain dioxins at levels equivalent to hazardous waste....

The EU Council pushes for dangerously high dioxin levels

The EU Council pushes for dangerously high dioxin levels

(Prague, Gothenburg) In an alarming proposal for strengthening the limits of the most toxic chemical in waste, the Council of the European Union under the French presidency...

Stricter limits on POPs do not necessarily mean more waste incineration, explains IPEN in its new factsheet

Stricter limits on POPs do not necessarily mean more waste incineration, explains IPEN in its new factsheet

A new factsheet published by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) claims that the European Union has a unique opportunity to prevent toxic recycling. It could...

Governments set a cornerstone for a new plastic  treaty

Governments set a cornerstone for a new plastic treaty

Global representatives gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, at the 5 th United Nations Environmental Assembly session this week. Consent on a need for a new global treaty on plastic waste...

Good news from Brussels: The EU promises consumer goods without dangerous chemicals

Good news from Brussels: The EU promises consumer goods without dangerous chemicals

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, the European Commission approved an ambitious strategy , with a goal to protect the citizens and the environment better from the most toxic...

Improper processing of electronic waste leads to damage to human health, the environment, and the Earth's ozone layer

Improper processing of electronic waste leads to damage to human health, the environment, and the Earth's ozone layer

Thailand is still one of the destination countries for e-waste from all around the world. To what extent this is the case is one of the questions that the joint project of the...

Environmental health groups celebrate the end to EU allowance for banned flame retardant chemicals to enter recycling streams & new products

Environmental health groups celebrate the end to EU allowance for banned flame retardant chemicals to enter recycling streams & new products

The European Union (EU) has taken an important step towards cleaning up its recycling; it will no longer allow materials containing a class of toxic, globally banned flame...

Long awaited global ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries becomes law today!

Long awaited global ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries becomes law today!

The Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Their Disposal in 1995, today becomes...

Bamboo cups and tableware can release dangerous formaldehyde, says German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Bamboo cups and tableware can release dangerous formaldehyde, says German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) announced the release of a position statement on the use of food contact materials made from melamine-formaldehyde resin...

Civil Society condemns the EU’s conduct in undermining an otherwise effective worldwide ban of toxic chemical PFOA

Civil Society condemns the EU’s conduct in undermining an otherwise effective worldwide ban of toxic chemical PFOA

An international group of chemical and health NGOs have come together to express their deep regret and disapprovement of the EU delegation's behavior and actions at the COP9 of...

High Levels of Dioxins Found in Children’s Toys and Other Products Made of Recycled Plastics Found in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, the EU, India, Japan and Nigeria

High Levels of Dioxins Found in Children’s Toys and Other Products Made of Recycled Plastics Found in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, the EU, India, Japan and Nigeria

Alarming levels of some of the most toxic chemicals, including brominated dioxins and brominated flame retardants, were recycled plastics sold in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia,...

NGOs Urge Immediate Action to Stop Toxic Recycling in the EU

NGOs Urge Immediate Action to Stop Toxic Recycling in the EU

Recent analysis (by IPEN, Arnika and other NGOs) of consumer products sold in the EU made from recycled plastics has revealed toxic flame-retardant contamination in some...