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Scottish council takes measures:

'The risk posed by the pollutants from upholstered furniture is low, but potential harm increases when disposing them'

Effective immediately, four out of the five household waste and recycling centres operated by Renfrewshire Council, Scotland will no longer accept domestic upholstered furniture. This change aligns with guidance provided by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in the previous year, imposing an immediate ban on sending upholstered domestic seating containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to landfill.

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The affected furniture items include those with cushions or padding, such as sofas, bean bags, office chairs, and futons. The revised disposal process entails designating one dedicated container for upholstered seating at the Linwood recycling centre. This measure aims to prevent contamination during the recycling process, as advised by SEPA.

Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board, Michelle Campbell says: 'The risk posed by POPs from upholstered furniture is low, but the potential harm increases when it comes to disposing of them. This is why it's important that we follow the guidance set out by SEPA to ensure we are playing our part to reduce any risks to health or the environment by getting rid of these items in the right way.'


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