Recyclability of Flame Retarded Thermoplastic Polyester
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The use of brominated flame retardants in plastics materials has raised many questions about their impact on health and safety of people as well as on the environment. The Dead Sea Bromine Group has addressed these topics and has undertaken several programs to provide the market with useful data showing the good contribution of brominated flame retardants in everyday life. These projects have been undertaken on flame retarded grades of plastics such as high impact polystyrene (HIPS), ABS and PBT. The outcome is showing that brominated flame retardant and plastics containing them pose no risk to the health of the general population from exposure. Environmental studies already made show that brominated flame retardants are not a threat against the environment. Moreover, analyses performed show that the brominated flame retardants are in full compliance with the requirements of the German (Dioxin) Ordinance and EPA TSCA 40 766.25 Final Rule requirements and pose no risk in matter of brominated dioxins and dibenzofurans. Finally, plastics (such as polyester and styrenics) containing brominated flame retardants are also easily recyclable, able to withstand at least five recycling cycles. This new information is confirming that brominated flame retardants can play an important role for a better protection of our environment. They are indeed usually considered as the most efficient ones to reduce the risk of fires and the quantity of accompanying toxic fumes.