Recycling issues


Recycled waste streams may contain cadmium. The placing on the market of polymers containing cadmium is restricted by an amendment (Regulation 494/2011 of 20 May 2011) of Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation. This amendment allows higher cadmium content in rigid construction products if the cadmium originates from recycling. The industry is working with the regulatory authorities to ensure that recycling activities remain sustainable while complying with the regulatory regime. is an online database of polymers and applications to support PVC recyclers to comply with the European REACH Regulation.