UN’s Ecosoc: Dangerous goods regulations require update to increase use of recycled plastic

2022-08-25

Delegates at a recent meeting of a UN sub-committee on the transport of dangerous goods have agreed on further work to facilitate the use of recycled plastic in the transport of dangerous goods.

The July meeting of the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods did not, however, lead to any changes in regulation.

Belgium requested the informal session, which discussed the ISO standard for recycled plastics in dangerous goods packaging (ISO 16103:2005), currently under review. It was proposed the sub-committee work in parallel with the ISO working group to ensure consistency with possible amendments to the UN Model Regulations.

The sub-committee suggested national standards bodies be informed to participate in the ISO working group and that the latter make regular reports on potential changes.

In a later session of the Ecosoc meeting, three trade associations issued a call for specific amendments to the Model Regulations that would promote the increased use of recycled plastic for transporting dangerous goods. Currently, there are strict requirements that only allow the use of resins from industrial packaging.

The proposal, put forward by the International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers (ICPP), the International Confederation of Container Reconditioners (ICCR) and the International Confederation of Intermediate Bulk Container Associations (ICIBCA), included removing packaging marks indicating recycled material and restrictions on its use.

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Chemical Watch, 25-08-22
; https://chemicalwatch.com/550782/uns-ecosoc-dangerous-goods-regulations-require-update-to-increase-use-of-recycled-plastic