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EUON Releases Study on Product Lifecycles, Waste Recycling, and the Circular Economy for Nanomaterials

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On November 15, 2021, the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) announced the release of a report that it commissioned entitled “ Study on the Product Lifecycles, Waste Recycling and the Circular Economy for Nanomaterials .” The study updates and expands on the 2016 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) document entitled “ Nanomaterials in Waste Streams — Current Knowledge on Risks and Impacts .” The report covers waste streams containing nanomaterials; behavior and fate of nanomaterials in waste processes; exposure of waste management workers to nanomaterials; benefits and challenges of nanomaterials posed to the circular economy; impact of nanomaterials on recycling; main streams of nanomaterial recyclates; recycling abatement systems residues; potential for substitution of hazardous substances by nanomaterials in the recyclate streams; emission of nanomaterials; and emission control and best available techniques. The review covered 276 publications, including books, research reports, research and review papers, databases, and other Internet resources. The study specifically focuses on manufactured nanomaterials and incidental nanomaterials and on the EU situation and developments in nanomaterials, although researchers reviewed relevant studies from other countries where appropriate. The report includes the following nine conclusions and four recommendations: Conclusion 1. Currently, it is not possible […]

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