A UN expert scientific review committee has evaluated two toxic chemical additives found in many common plastics and has concluded the evidence of the substances harm to health and the environment qualify them for global elimination, recommending that the chemicals be listed under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
The Committee noted that it is important to separate out plastic wastes containing these chemicals, UV-328 and Dechlorane Plus, to ensure they are not recycled into new products. It also warned about the risk of replacing one of the chemicals, UV-328, with any other related hazardous chemical that could have harmful impacts on human health and the environment.
“We commend and support the proposals by the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) to list highly toxic plastic additives UV-328 and Dechlorane Plus for global elimination under the Stockholm Convention,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition. “We hope governments will approve the recommendations, but turn down the suggested exemptions to put an end to the harms caused by the continued production and use of these POPs to human health and the environment.”
Eco Waste Coalition, 01-10-22