Hazardous substances in a circular economy

31 May 2018

A circular economy will not be based on recycling alone, but more recycling will take place in a circular economy than in the current one. Recycling can lead to risks. If hazardous substances such as flame retardants, plasticisers, and printing ink unintentionally end up in toys or food packaging, it can lead to potentially adverse health effects.
Increased recycling does not necessarily mean that such types of risks will also increase.
The transition to a circular economy demands a new organisation of the economic system and that creates an opportunity to structure it in such a manner that health risks are prevented insofar as possible (Health Council of the Netherlands, 15 May 2018).
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