Less hazardous chemicals in households, pre-schools and municipalities: The NonHazCity project has been finalised

Almost 100 wastewater samples were analysed to define the priority hazardous substances in the municipalities, concluding that traditional pollutants like heavy metals have been successfully managed but organic substances are widely detected – also in residential areas, meaning from residential uses.

Almost 50 households were visited by the NonHazCity experts and found hazardous substances in everyday products like cosmetics, toys and household chemicals.

Almost 200 new and used articles from kindergartens like toys, mattresses and creative materials were analysed, concluding that approximately half of the old articles should be disposed of because they contain hazardous substances above the allowed limits.

These figures and other results of the NonHazCity project will be presented at the final conference on 29th and 30th of January in Riga. The detailed agenda can be found here.

18 municipalities and organizations from seven countries (Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany) across the Baltic Sea attempted to minimize the emissions of hazardous substances from non-industrial sources (small businesses and service providers, municipal entities, households) during the three project years.

The municipalities analysed different water sources and defined priority hazardous substances. They elaborated action plans how to reduce the emissions of these substances, initiated emission reduction activities at municipal entities and companies. A lot of effort was also invested in the awareness raising of residents, showing their contribution to the emissions of hazardous substances and their possibilities to minimize it by making better choices every day.

The project NonHazCity (Innovative Management Solutions for the Minimizing emmissions of the hazardous substances from urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region) was financed by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme.