1 Preliminary Remarks:
In cooperation with the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Environmental Agency and considering the
results of the expert hearings conducted by RAL, the Environmental Label
Jury has set up these Basic Criteria for the Award of the Environmental
RAL, reg. assoc., has been entrusted with the award of the Environmental
Upon application to RAL and on the basis of a Contract on the Use of the
Environmental Label to be concluded with RAL the permission to use the
Environmental Label may be granted for all products, provided that they
comply with the requirements as specified hereinafter.
Award of this Environmental Label is to promote the production and sales
of products made from waste rubber.
The use of granulated waste rubber for new products usually is the ecologically
more favourable solution as compared with the incineration of rubber for
These Basic Criteria shall apply to finished products made from waste
rubber. Included is any kind of waste rubber recovered from products which
have fulfilled their function and are therefore no longer used or usuable.
Excluded are production and processing wastes.
Overall analysis must show that the finished products are environmentally
The above-shown Environmental Label may be used for the marking of the
products under paragraph 2, provided that they comply with the following
The waste rubber content of the finished products must be at least 85%.
In a particular case the waste rubber content may be lowered from 85%
to 70% if this is required under DIN Standards and other technical specifications.
The product must comply with the relevant standards of serviceability
No substances 3) may be
added to the granulated waste rubber which:
iare listed in Annex I to Directive 67/548/EEC 2)
or in the publication of the List of Dangerous Substances and Preparations
3) according to Section
4a, para. 1, Gefahr-stoffverordnung (Ordinance on Hazardous Substances)
4), as amended, or must
be classified according to Section 4a, para. 3, Ordinance on Hazardous
Substances, and marked with the danger criteria/symbols and characteristic
letters "very toxic" (T+), "toxic" (T), "carcinogenic",
"mutagenic", "teratogenic" or "dangerous to the
environment" (N), respectively;
in TRGS 9055 5) or in the
MAK-value-List 6) , as amended,
are classified as
a) carcinogenic according to EC Category Carc.Cat.1, Carc.Cat.2
or Carc.Cat.3 or according to the MAK classification III1, III2, III3;
b) mutagenic according to EC Category Mut.Cat.1, Mut.Cat.2 or Mut.Cat.3
or M1, M2, or M3;
c) teratogenic according to EC Category Repr.Cat.1, Repr.Cat.2
or Repr.Cat.3 or RE/F,
RE/F2 or RE/F3.
or which according to scientific knowledge must be classified in one of
the categories under para.3.3.2 as carcinogenic, teratogenic or mutagenic
or have sensitizing or other chronically damaging properties or which
as such or as their impurities or decomposition products are apt to cause
considerable risk or considerable disadvantage for the public.
Production-related impurities of substances under paras.3.3.1 and 3.3.2
must not exceed 0,01 weight per cent in the additive.
Notwithstanding this, carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic substances
shall be minimized in keeping with the latest technological findings.
Apart from that, substances or preparations 1)
included in the publication of the list of hazardous substances and preparations
3) pursuant to Section 4a,
para.1, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, as amended, or which according
to Section 4a, para.3, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances are classified
or marked as "hazardous to health" (Xn), "irritating"
(Xi), "caustic" (C), must not exceed a maximum content of 50,0
weight per cent of the limiting concentration in the finished product
calculated according to Annex II, No.1, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances;
4 Compliance Verifications
The applicant shall add product information and advertising literature
to his/her application documents.
The applicant shall describe the composition and/or the origin of the
granulated waste rubber used as well as ist share in the finished product.
The applicant shall declare compliance with the requirement pursuant to
The applicant shall indicate the trade names and chemical designations
of the additives used. The applicant shall submit actual Safety Data Sheets
pursuant to EC Directive 91/155/EEC in German or English for all additives
or preparations added, respectively.
5 Applicants and the Parties Involved
Manufacturers of finished products made from granulated waste rubber shall
be eligible for application.
The following parties are involved in the award procedure:
RAL, Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environmental Agency) and the Federal State
where the production plant is located that manufactures the products to
be marked with the Environmental Label.
6 Use of the Environmental Label
The terms governing applicant's use of the Environmental Label shown on
page 1 are stipulated by a Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label
to be concluded with RAL.
Within the scope of such contract the applicant undertakes to comply with
the requirements under para.3 as long as he/she makes use of the Environmental
For the marking of products according to para.2 above Contracts on the
Use of the Environmental Label are concluded. These contracts shall run
until December 31, 2002. They shall be extended by periods of one year
each, unless the contract is terminated in writing by March 31, 2002 or
by March 31 of the respective year of extension.
After the expiry of the contract the Environmental Label may neither be
used for labelling nor for advertising purposes. This regulation shall
not affect the products being still in the market.
The applicant (manufacturer) shall be entitled to apply to RAL for an
extension of the right to use the label to the product entitled to the
label if it is to be marketed under another brand/trade name and/or under
other marketing organizations.
The contract on the use of the Environmental Label shall give the following
Brand/trade name and product designation
Distributor (label user), i.e. the marketing organization pursuant to
1) Begriffe im Sinne von
§ 3 Nr.1 bzw. Nr.4 der Bekanntmachung der Neufassung des ChemG vom
2) ABl EG/veröffentlicht durch Bundesministerium
für Arbeit und Sozialordnung im Bundesanzeiger (fortlaufend).
3) Bekanntmachung der Liste der Gefährlichen
Stoffe und Zubereitungen nach § 4a der GefStoffV vom 16.09.1993.
4) Verordnung zur Novellierung der Gefahrstoffverordnung,
zur Aufhebung der Gefährlichkeitsmerkmaleverordnung und zur Änderung
der Ersten Verordnung zum Sprengstoffgesetz vom 26.10.1993, BGBl. I 1993,
5) Neufassung der TRGS 905 - Verzeichnis krebserzeugender,
erbgutverändernder oder fortpflanzungsgefährdender Stoffe (Ausgabe
6) MAK = Maximale Arbeitsplatzkonzentration- und
BAT = Biologische Arbeitsstofftoleranzwerte-Liste, Mitteilung 36 (2000)
der Senatskommission zur Prüfung gesundheitsschädlicher Arbeitsstoffe,
VCH Verlagsges. Weinheim in der jeweils gültigen Fassung.