Andusia News

Posted on: 13th Oct 2022

New Guidance on POPs

In September this year, the Environment Agency (EA) issued new guidance on how councils should manage soft furnishings containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) from 2023.

Councils have till the end of this year to change their services and processes to be compliant with the EA’s new ruling – a ban on sending bulky household items to landfill.

POPs are chemical substances that do not break down in the environment, they are found in soft furnishings such as sofas, armchairs and foot stools. They can travel long distances and build up in the bodies of plants and animals, and as such, they are a danger to human health and the environment.

Going forward, POP-contaminated items, either collected from the kerbside or delivered by residents to House Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), will have to be destroyed, for example, through RDF incineration with energy recovery.

With bulky waste making up approximately 15% of municipal solid waste in the UK, the guidance has raised concern amongst members of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).

As the UK’s largest independent exporter of RDF, Andusia are here to help with your POP waste.

Working with leading plants throughout the UK and Europe, we offer a competitive, fully collected service of waste in curtain siders, containers or walking floors. Get in touch with Andusia today to discuss your RDF waste supply with confidence on 01992 666257 or email us at