Circular economy and toxic waste management in the EU
The EU has committed itself to a transition to a circular economy. This entails a decrease of landfilling of waste, an increase of recycling of materials and the realisation of a non-toxic environment. To help EU realise its commitments, Ramboll has put together a study that will enable informed management of waste and recycled materials.
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Resource and waste management
The EU has committed itself to transition to a circular economy, in which landfilling of waste is decreased while recycling of materials is increased.
At the same time, the EU has also committed itself to realising a non-toxic environment. This requires harmful substances in product cycles to be eliminated or minimised.
The challenge here is that recycling of waste streams can spread the presence of hazardous substances in the product cycle, which could potentially lead to risks for human health and the environment.
To overcome this challenge, Ramboll has helped the EU create a study to enable informed waste and recycling management. The study comprised:
- Collecting information on the presence of example substances in all phases of the product life cycle, including the post-recycling phase.
- Formulating insights regarding the fate, emissions and resulting exposure of substances of concern in product cycles
- Providing our project partners with general lessons for the development of an evidence-based assessment framework.
- Developed approach for setting limit values within the assessment framework
This study will provide the EU authorities deciding on the regulatory fate of a recycled material containing a substance of concern with an evidence-based, structured and transparent framework.
With this, they can assess how to manage the presence of substances of concern in waste and recycled materials, and their potential adverse effects on human health and the environment.
- Circular economy
- Waste minimisation