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HWE joins the UN pledge towards a pollution free planet

HWE joins the UN pledge towards a pollution free planet

We are deeply convinced that only a model built on non-toxic materials cycles can and will ensure a safe and sustainable circular economy. To reach this ultimate goal, we are committed to strive that substances or materials streams contaminated with toxic substances are appropriately decontaminated before being reincorporated into the recycling chain. Our objective is that legal provisions on circular economy that flourish in member states acknowledge this significant necessity: prior to recycling, unwanted hazardous components or pollutants contained in both non-hazardous and hazardous waste should be extracted and treated in compliance with the waste and chemical laws to ensure that toxic substances would not be again and again reincorporated in materials that aim to become products of day to day life. Only by controlling that we will protect health and the environment and pave the way towards the achievement of sustainable consumption and production patterns (Goal 12). By promoting high quality recycling we will work to sustainably guarantee « the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle » and achieve healthy lives and promote well-being (Goal 3). The technical solutions already exist and are effective. We miss the political signal that would set decontamination in the legislation. We should hit hard, we must hit now and we could not dream more symbolic than having the solution

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Hazardous Waste Management situation in 14 EU countries

Hazardous Waste Management situation in 14 EU countries

A few months ago, willing to support the provisions of the waste framework directive dealing with hazardous waste management, the EU Commission requested the consultant BIPRO to assess the hazardous waste management situation in 14 Member States, with a special focus on PCB. After months of work and several workshops in respective Member States, the final workshop that took place in Brussels on Monday October 23rd presented the outcome of the analysis. The final study should be released at the end of the year and will be the subject of a report by the Commission by April 2018. The first outcomes underline the important gaps regarding traceability, proper classification and safe transport and stress the importance to have reliable data to ensure good planning and safe treatment. Sarah Nelen, Head of the unit Waste Management & Secondary Materials at the European Commission, rightly pointed out that it was not just about regulation but implementation and that the issue should be move up on the political agenda. HWE brought its expertise to the study since the beginning and in a presentation co-signed with EURITS – European Union for Responsible Incineration and Treatment of Special waste, HWE gave some food for thoughts to answer the following question: Do the existing infrastructures match with the need of infrastructures based on the industrial production

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