This research evaluated national experiences within the European Union (EU) of managing hazardous products likely to become hazardous household waste (HHW). The Directorate-General Environment sponsored during their WRc and IFEU to propose strategies for managing these products during their lifecycle.
The HHW's were wastes that could potentially increase the hazardous properties of municipal solid waste when landfilled, incinerated or composted.
The research including 15 EU Member States and two Accession Countries, Hungary and Romania.
The research identified the most problematic household products for waste management and recommended the best management options.
The hazardous substances identified in emission inventories from MSW landfills and incinerators and thus which entered the waste stream, were ranked by order of importance. Fourteen substances were identified as being priority substances. Household products contributing significantly to the input of these priority hazardous substances were then identified as being the most problematic for the current waste management and disposal route, namely paints, pesticides and fluorescent bulbs.
The study will enable the DG Environment to product sustainable hazardous household waste policies and strategies.