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ODS waste treatment in the Nordic Countries

A Nordic Ozone Group Project 2011

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Environmentally sound disposal of Ozone Depleting Substances is increasingly recognized as an important issue in terms of both the protection of the ozone layer and the effect on climate change. However, there is only a limited overview in the Nordic countries of product groups containing Ozone Depleting Substances, regulation of the substances, available treatment technologies, and waste infrastructure etc. This report provides an overview of the waste treatment and regulation of Ozone Depleting Substances in the Nordic countries. The report identifies gaps, proposes solutions and provides recommendations for relevant Nordic efforts within the area. The report has been prepared by PlanMiljø ApS (Denmark) for the Nordic Ozone Group. The report has been financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, through the Nordic Chemical Group and the Nordic Waste Group.

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Nordic Regulations

In Denmark products containing ODS are in general regulated by the order 2002/243 – law on use and ban of some ozone depleting substances (Bekendtgørelse om visse ozonlagsnedbrydende stoffer), but the waste problems associated with ODS containing products are not specifically mentioned in this order. However in §8 of 2002/43, it is stated that dismantling of refrigeration systems, products containing solvents, and fire safety systems and fire extinguishers are to be carried out in a safe and controlled manner. Thereby making recycling or safe destruction of the ODS possible (Mst 2002).

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