A working group has been established comprising the British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the Environment Agency and DEFRA.

Soft Furnishings Waste Working Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants

A working group has been established comprising the British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the Environment Agency and DEFRA. It concerns Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) in soft furnishings and the ultimate aim is to manage and reduce harmful waste in line with international obligations under the Stockholm Convention for POPs as well as the UK 25-year environmental plan. BFM is a leading member of BFC and is represented at the working group by Steve Moore.

The group’s first meeting took place in January this year, at which a presentation was given on the results of studies undertaken so far on brominated POP flame retardants decaBDE and HBCDD in soft furnishings (2020) such as sofas. These studies screened the waste steam and products for harmful POPS and advised on the importance of developing guidance on the correct handling, separation and storage, as well as disposal of soft furnishings waste, much of which currently goes to landfill.

During the first half of the year, 5 meetings will take place to develop strategies and an action plan.