What does the Environmental Agency say about POPs?
On 1st January 2023, new legislation was brought in by the Environment Agency regarding the storage and disposal of waste upholstered domestic seating that contains Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Pops are chemical substances contained within furniture and items such as chairs and sofas, that break down very slowly and are poisonous.
The new legislation is to help prevent POPs from being incorrectly disposed of, entering the food chain and harming the environment.
POPs are a form of synthetic chemicals that were widely used around World War II during the manufacture of household upholstered furniture. It is now critical that whenever these items are disposed of, the disposal is done so correctly, and that is where DSW can help.