Recyclers told of dual post-Brexit chemicals rules


Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) has warned that, from 1 January 2021, companies that import or export waste plastic must meet both EU and UK rules for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH).

It said in a briefing on the legislative changes following Brexit that “anyone producing, selling or distributing chemicals in the UK and the EU will therefore need to follow both UK REACH and EU REACH rules”.

It said: “When a UK-based recycler exports its product to the EU, it will need to be covered by an EU REACH registration.”

The exact nature of the UK’s chemicals regulation regime, and any co-operation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), will ultimately depend on negotiations that are still in progress.

Under UK plans, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), working with Defra, will take an equivalent role to that of the ECHA

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MRW, 27 October 2020