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Past event

FEAD’s conference on PFAS in the waste sector to analyse the impact of a potential ban

FEAD, the European Waste Management Association, hosted a in-person conference, in Rimini, Italy, on November 8, focused on:

PFAS in the waste sector

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) presented a report on the presence of PFAS in waste streams in April. This report states that the chemical should be massively restricted, even though it is already largely regulated. This restriction could have a major impact on the waste sector. In order to give Member States a clearer view of the situation, FEAD is performing, in collaboration with the University of Padova, a systematic critical review of the scientific literature to collect PFAS concentration ranges in waste items categorized within the relevant four waste categories: plastic waste; paper and cardboard waste; textile and leather waste; and metal waste. The conference on Wednesday the 8, will provide the results of the first part of this study.

The event started with two 20-minute presentations: one of the report by ECHA and the second one the results of the Critical review. This was followed by a speech by Mattia Pellegrini on the Commission’s point of view on the ECHA restriction proposal. A panel discussion followed, featuring high-level experts in different area of this field. A Q&A with the public closed the event.

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Location: Sala Ravezzi 1, ECOMONDO, Rimini, Italy

Time: 16h30-18h30

Language: English


16:30 – 16:40     Introduction and welcome by President of FEAD, Claudia MENSI

16:40 – 17:00     Presentation of the PFAS restriction proposal prepared by authorities in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden and submitted to ECHA; Dr. Carl A. Dannenberg, Scientific Officer, Federal Office for Chemicals, BAuA, Germany

17.00 – 17.05     Questions & Answers

17:05 – 17:25     Presentation on “A systematic critical review concerning the presence of PFAS in wastes and related implications on the current and proposed European regulatory framework” ; Prof. Alberto PIVATO, Assistant Professor, University of Padova

17.25 – 17.30     Questions & Answers

17:30 – 17:45     Keynote speech of the Commission’s point of view on the ECHA restriction proposal; Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit Waste, DG ENV European Commission

17:45 – 18:15     Panel Discussion on “The impact on the waste management sector of a potential PFAS ban”

  • Michael Mansuy, Public Affairs Director – Waste Management, VEOLIA
  • Claudia MENSI, President of FEAD
  • Prof. Alberto Pivato, Assistant Professor, University of Padova
  • Dr. Guido Premoli, LabAnalysis

18:15 – 18:30     Reactions and closing remarks

Read our Press Release here

Find the presentation here

Read the executive summary here

Watch video of the conference