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HCF 2019 Panel 4: Mark Blainey

Panel 4: Plastics and circularity – from pollution to a value based proposition for all

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HCF 2019 Panel 4: Mark Blainey

  1. 1. Intentionally added microplastics Helsinki Chemicals Forum Mark Blainey European Chemicals Agency 24 May 2019
  2. 2. 2 Global focus on plastic waste • EU plastics strategy (January 2018) • Single Use Plastics Directive (March 2019) • Increase recycling rates • Measures to reduce certain other emissions • Investigate particle loss from tyres • ECHA to develop restriction proposal for ‘intentionally added’ microplastics for professionals and consumer uses
  3. 3. ECHA on request of COM proposed restriction Prohibition on ‘placing on the market’ Derogated uses Improved instructions for use Mandatory ‘reporting’ Microplasticdefinition PhasedImplementation
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  5. 5. 5 Labelling addressing proper waste disposal • Required in certain cases when use derogated from ‘placing on the market’ restriction: • label/SDS/’instructions for use’/’package leaflet’ to provide relevant use instructions to avoid releases of microplastics to the environment. • Industry to develop relevant wording (sector or product): • Remove as much excess paint from rollers and brushes as possible (and dispose in the bin) before cleaning in sink • Do not dispose medicines down the drain • Official EU language, visible, legible, indelible
  6. 6. 6 Public consultation is on going • By 20 September 2019 • Only via the dedicated webform: consideration/-/substance-rev/22921/term Final opinions: March 2020
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  8. 8. 8 Microplastic definition Solid polymer- containing particles 0 5 10 Particle size (mm) Particle size distribution Size [1nm-5mm] ≥ 1% w/w ?