What does SCIP have to do with waste management?

One of the biggest challenges faced in waste prevention and management is gaining access to accurate data about the product’s materials and substances contained therein.

The EU’s Waste Framework Directive (WFD). The WFD establishes basic waste management principles: it requires that waste be managed without endangering human health and harming the environment, and in particular without risk to water, air, soil, plants or animals, without causing a nuisance through noise or odors, and without adversely affecting the countryside or places of special interest.

The WFD prioritizes the actions of waste prevention and management as follows:

  1. Prevention

  2. Preparation for re-use

  3. Recycling

  4. Other recovery, e.g. energy recovery

  5. Disposal

The EU has a goal to make the WFD an actionable plan, so it has mandated the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) to design a platform where in-scope companies submit dossiers reporting the presence of Substances of Very High Concerns (SVHCs), in the simplest components of their products.

So, back to SCIP. This SCIP database will provide waste management operators with the data they need to safely handle recycling or disposal of waste materials and minimize their negative effects on human health and the environment. A secondary purpose of SCIP is to make the data accessible to the public so they can make informed purchasing decisions.

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