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Plan to exempt recycled goods from chemical waste regulations

Materials being used in a recycling or re-use process by the chemical industry should be exempted from the European Union's (EU) REACH chemical control system to prevent excess red-tape, a representative of the European Parliament's (EP) largest political group has proposed.

German MEP Hartmut Nassauer, of the EP's European People's Party/European Democrats group, has suggested exempting "substances or raw materials such as, for example (drinking) water, glass, cardboard and paper from registration" in such circumstances.

The REACH system aims at registering and assessing all chemical industry processes to limit their environmental impact.
In a note to the parliament's internal market committee Nassauer added that "it remains to be discussed how substances should be dealt with which, during the separation or production process, are changed by means of chemical substances or processes".

Whatever the decision, the MEP said an agreed REACH system should "ensure that...the high level of recycling/re-use in Europe is at least maintained, if not further increased".

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