Management of Waste Foams and Plastics Mixed with Flame Retardants

Event: Management of Waste Foams and Plastics Mixed with Flame Retardants: Half-day workshop at the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) National Conference
When: October 10, 2016, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Where: Roosevelt Room, Doubletree Portland, Portland, OR.

Event description:
Prior to the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association National Conference, Green Science Policy Institute facilitated a half-day workshop on management of waste foams and plastics mixed with flame retardants. Flame retardants, as used in furniture, electronics, building insulation, and other products, have been associated with health and environmental harm. They can migrate from products and are detected in dust, air, water, soil, wildlife, and people. This participatory meeting explored challenges and opportunities for improved end-of- life management of materials containing flame retardants.

Participants learned about the products that contain flame retardants and considerations for their end-of- life management. Topics included collection, pre-treatment, and disposal technologies. Through dynamic small- and large-group discussions, participants explored strategies to address challenges facing more responsible disposal.

More information, including slides from a previous workshop on this topic, can be found here. Agenda is below.

12:00pm: Lunch & introductions

12:45pm: Problem overview

01Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture: History and Implications

02Sara Petty, Senior Scientist, Green Science Policy Institute
A Roadmap to Responsible Disposal

1:30pm: Q&A – Group Discussion

1:45pm: Addressing the problem – Part 1

Environmental considerations for landfilling flame retarded waste products

03Olya Keen, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Waste Management in the U.S., Landfills, and Flame Retardants

04Ramin Yazdani, Research Professor, Yolo County and UC Davis
Research and Practice Solid Waste Management in Yolo County

2:15pm: Q&A – Group Discussion

2:30pm: Break

2:45pm: Addressing the problem – Part 2

Environmental considerations for destruction technologies

05Donald Lucas, Combustion Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Thermal Processing of FRs – A solution or more problems?

3:10pm: Small group discussion & report-back

4:10pm: Action steps & commitments
Closing discussion

5:00pm: End