The European Commission has published the final report on the review of the management of waste containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

To reduce emissions from POPs into the environment, Annexes IV and V of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 establish the obligation to generally destroy or irreversibly transform the POP content of waste above a certain threshold limit “LPCL”.

In exceptional cases, waste containing POPs above the limits may be otherwise managed with specified operations for specified waste types if destruction or irreversible transformation do not represent the environmentally preferable option and the concentration of the POPs is below a maximum threshold value “MPCL”.

In this study information from competent authorities, scientific institutions, literature and other experts was collected, analysed and summarised. Further, mass flows for newly-listed and candidate POPs have been established and recommendations for the environmentally sound management of waste containing POPs set out.

Suggestions for LPCL and MPCL limit values have been derived to assess the economic, environmental, health, waste management, legal and recycling implications. Additionally, the identification of action needed to fully implement the listing of new POPs and the potential listing of the candidate POPs in the annexes to Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 and other relevant EU legislation has been identified and an overview demonstrating the need for action within relevant legislation illustrated.

The report Study to Support the Review of Waste-related Issues in Annexes IV and V of Regulation (EC) 850/2004 is available online.

Last reviewed 13 March 2019