NGOs urge Canada to support other countries to stop toxic recyclingBlog
HEJSupport and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) congratulate Canada’s decision to withdraw its need for specific exemption under Parts IV and V of Annex A of the Stockholm Convention for four polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) : tetrabromodiphenyl ether, pentabromodiphenyl ether, hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether effective February 11, 2020. The decision will have global significance as it addresses the concerns with the specific exemptions that allow the recycling of articles that contain or may contain these PBDEs under the Stockholm Convention on POPs. Canada’s decision is made well in advance of the expiration date outlined under the Stockholm Convention for 2030.
Nevertheless, NGOs urge Canada to share its experience and provide necessary support to those Parties that still maintain a need for this exemption.
They also want to ensure that Canada’s decision is implemented effectively at the domestic level. The existing national regulations on these PBDEs under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act should be reviewed and amended to prohibit recycling of articles containing these POPs.