BASIC CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL
Building Materials primarily made of Waste Paper RAL-UZ 36

1 Preliminary Remarks:

1.1
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 Label.
RAL, reg. assoc., has been entrusted with the award of the Environmental Label.
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.

1.2
The use of waste paper for the production of building materials helps to reduce the waste paper load. In the Federal Republic of Germany recycling and processing of waste paper for the production of building materials made of waste paper is done with due regard to environmental aspects, e.g. almost completely closed water circuit (80 - 95%), biological waste-water purification, environmentally compatible disposal of de-inking residues or encasing of paper machines for heat recovery purposes.



2 Scope
These Basic Criteria apply to building materials made of waste paper designed for humidity, sound and heat insulation or proofing.



3 Requirements
The Environmental Label shown on page 1 may be used for the marking of pro-ducts under para. 2, provided that they comply with the following requirements:

3.1
The waste paper content of the fibre stuff must be at least 80%, at least 51% of which must be paper of low-grade, medium-grade and kraft-containing waste paper grades listed in Appendix 1 to the Basic Criteria of RAL-UZ 36 (categories I, II, IV - except for single grades W 13 and W 41 - and V).
Waste paper is the general term for papers and cardboards which can be registered after use or processing. Auxiliaries shall not be taken into account.

3.2
The products under para.2 must not contain any substances which require marking according to the Gefahrstoffverordnung (Ordinance on Hazardous Substances), as amended.

3.3
Building materials subject to approval under construction law, e.g. heat insulators, must be equipped with the respective certificates.

3.4
Building materials not subject to approval under construction law must meet the relevant serviceability and safety requirements, e.g. with regard to compressive strength, loading capacity, humidity resistance, protection against microorganisms and fire protection.

3.5
The processing of waste papers must be done without any halogenated bleaching agents and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA).

3.6
Only the substances listed in the 36th Recommendation of the Plastics Commission of the Federal Institute for Consumer Health Protection and Veterinary Medicine, as amended, or in the Ordinance on Cosmetics, as amended, may be used as anti-slime or preservation agents for the production of waste papers.
The following substances must not be used:

 - sodium hexafluorosilicate [16893-85-9]
 -N-(α-(1-nitroethyl)benzyl)-ethylenediamine [14762-38-0]
 - mixture of tris-(hydroxymethyl)-nitromethane [126-11-4]
   5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazoline-3-on [26172-55-4]
   2-methyl-4-isothiazoline-3-on. [2682-20-4]




4 Compliance Verifications

4.1
Applicant shall name the field of application of the building materials and present a product description and advertising brochures.

4.2
Applicant shall give the average content of the waste paper grades of the categories I, II, III, IV and V and state that the waste paper grades W 13 and W 41 won't be used.

4.3
Applicant shall present the official certificate of approval for building materials according to para. 3.3 or technical data sheets regarding the serviceability and safety requirements for building materials according to para.3.4.

4.4
Applicant shall declare compliance with the requirement under para.3.2.

4.5
Applicant shall declare that processing of waste papers is done without the use of halogenated bleaching chemicals and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). In addition, the applicant shall name the bleaching chemicals and complexing agents according to Annex 1 to the Contract of RAL-UZ 36 which are used for the production.

4.6
Applicant shall declare compliance with requirement 3.6.
In addition, he shall name the anti-slime or preservation agents (IUPAC Designation) used and give the respective quantities per kg of the product.



5 Applicants and Parties Involved

5.1
Manufacturers or importers of products according to para.2 shall be eligible for application.

5.2
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

6.1
The terms governing applicant's use of the Environmental Label are stipulated by a Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label to be concluded with RAL.

6.2
Within the scope of such contract applicant undertakes to comply with the requirements under para.3 as long as he makes use of the Environmental Label.

6.3
For the marking of products according to para.2 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 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.

6.4
The applicant (manufacturer/importer) 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.

6.5
The Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label shall give the following particulars:

6.5.1
Applicant (manufacturer/importer)

6.5.2
Brand/trade name, product designation

6.5.3
Distributor (label user), i.e. the marketing organization pursuant to para.6.4.

 
  Ausgabe: Januar 2000
Preisgruppe: 1a
© 2000 RAL, Sankt Augustin
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