EU court rejects recycled PVC challenge

The European Commission has seen off a legal challenge against its decision not to review the authorisation of a harmful substance in recycled PVC.

Legal campaign group ClientEarth had brought a case to the EU’s General Court, part of the Court of Justice of the EU, after the commission rejected the group’s request to review a 2016 decision allowing three recycling companies to produce PVC recyclate with the presence of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate.

The substance, known as DEHP, is used as a plasticiser in PVC, but “may damage fertility or the unborn child and is very toxic to aquatic life”, according to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

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