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Waste Upholstered Domestic Seating Containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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.

POPs are a form of synthetic chemicals found in upholstered furniture - DSW Group Ltd

What you need to know to comply with the new legal requirements regarding POPs

The manufacture, sale and incorrect disposal of waste upholstered domestic seating containing Persistent Organic Pollutants is now illegal.

If you have any household or business items that contain POPs, ensuring they are correctly disposed of is your responsibility.

Furniture that contains leather, synthetic leather, fabric, foam and upholstered must be checked for POPs before disposal. To do this thoroughly and correctly you need a trusted waste disposal team. DSW is one of Cornwall’s leading demolition and waste disposal companies. We offer free consultations and are here to help you with the removal and disposal of upholstered furniture that may contain POPs.

Upholstered furniture to check:

Upholstered domestic furniture including:

  • Sofas
  • Sofa Beds
  • Armchairs
  • Kitchen and Dining Room Chairs
  • Stools and Foot Stools
  • Home Office Chairs
  • Futons
  • Bean Bags, Floor Cushions and Sofa Cushions

Contact us about our Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) services in Cornwall & Devon

We offer truly comprehensive Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) services throughout Cornwall, Devon and beyond. Please get in touch and one of the DSW team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Tel: 01726 860093
Email: [email protected]







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