What are Persistent Organic Pollutants

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds that do not break down easily, and stay in the environment. They can enter the food chain and be absorbed in the tissue of animals and humans and this can result in health problems. Three types of POPs that are a potential concern in New Zealand are dioxins, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  More information about these POPs is linked below.

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a multilateral environmental agreement that aims to protect human health and the environment by banning the production and use of some of the most toxic chemicals.

 The Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Stockholm Convention) Amendment Act 2003 gives effect to the requirements of the Stockholm Convention in New Zealand.

More information about the Convention is available here.