POPS waste: What you need to know.

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What Are POPS

POPS are Persistent Organic Pollutants. A chemical substance that does not break down in the environment. They are a danger to human health and the environment.

Identify waste upholstered domestic seating that contains POPS.

Waste domestic seating is any item of seating from households or businesses that is waste. Upholstered domestic seating may contain POPs. For example:

  • sofas
  • sofa beds
  • armchairs
  • kitchen and dining room chairs
  • stools and foot stools
  • home office chairs
  • futons
  • bean bags, floor, and sofa cushions

This includes any part made of or containing leather, synthetic leather, other fabric, or foam.

The following items of domestic seating are unlikely to contain POPs:

  • Items that are not upholstered, for example, a wooden chair without a cushioned or textile back, seat, or arms.
  • Deckchairs.
  • Wastes from manufacturing new domestic seating that the manufacturer can demonstrate do not to contain POPs.

Mattresses, curtains, blinds, and beds are not domestic seating and are not covered by this guidance.


All POP’s waste will be separated, stored, and transported for incineration. Please refrain from putting this waste in a general mixed waste skip without speaking to a member of the AB Waste team first on 01623 627447.

For further clarification please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/identify-and-classify-waste-containing-persistent-organic-pollutants-pops