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Important Environmental Update

Disposing of expanded polystyrene & slab insulation foam boards containing Hexabromocyclododecane(HBCD)

EU Regulation 2016/460

Please read the attached (EA- HBCDD briefing) Waste Stream briefing from the EA regarding the disposal of materials containing Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) which will come into effect from 30/09/16.

HBCD is a brominated flame retardant and is a (POP), persistent organic pollutant, it can be found in expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation foam boards and blocks since the 1970’s, HBCD can also be found in some upholstered furniture and WEEE.

These wastes can no longer be re-used, recycled or landfilled.

The waste must be INCINERATED 

Our advice as your waste management partner :-

From 30/09/16, unless testing proves otherwise, it should be assumed that all polystyrene blocks used in buildings contain the flame retardant HBCD.

In accordance with EA guidance and EU Regulation 2016/460, you as the waste producer have a Duty of Care to ensure that all waste assumed to contain HBCD is being disposed of at a facility where incineration will be guaranteed.

Kenny Waste Management can provide you with that guarantee.

Please note that polystyrene packaging waste is unlikely to contain HBCD.

Should you require further information or clarification on the issue please do not hesitate to contact your account manager who will be only too pleased to provide further help and advice.