French flag

France

Geographical size 
632 833,6 km2

Population
65 856 609 (2014)

GDP (Billion euro)
2060,0 billion euro (2013)

Trade & Industry

No Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for T&I packaging
No accredited organisation

Household
Trade & Industry

N/A

Household

Packers/fillers/importers of goods

Trade & Industry

Product put on the market (sold or distributed free of charge) in order for its content to be consumed or used by a household (any person who consumes or uses a packaged product, marketed or offered by a company for private purposes).

Household

Product put on the market (sold or distributed free of charge) in order for its content to be consumed or used by a household (any person who consumes or uses a packaged product, marketed or offered by a company for private purposes).

Trade & Industry

N/A

Household

Paper/Cardboard, Plastics, Metal & Glass

Trade & Industry

N/A

Household

75% overall recycling target

  • No target per material
  • No energy recovery target
Trade & Industry

N/A

Household

Not mandatory

Trade & Industry

N/A

Household

All products covered by Eco-Emballages have to carry the Green Dot.

  • Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy

    Grande Arche - Tour Pascal A et B - 92055 La Défense CEDEX
    Phone : +33 1 40 81 21 22
    Website: www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr

Part Legislation and specific items

In France, the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for household packaging requires the packers/fillers/importers of goods to provide solutions to the management of packaging waste arising therefrom. To do this they have three possibilities :

  1. The implementation of a deposit system (marginal in France)
  2. The implementation of a specific government-approved (individual) recovery/recycling system
  3. The participation to a government-approved collective system. Two collective systems (or “éco-organismes”) have been approved in 1992 by the French government: “Eco-Emballages” & “Adelphe”. Since 2005, these two organisations have merged within Eco-Emballages. A Third collective system has been accredited in 2013 for chemical products (incl. packaging) such as fertilizer, glue and mastic, painting, Special maintenance and protection products,…

Eco-Emballages:

In order to install, organize and supervise the sorting and recycling of household packaging waste in partnership with municipalities, Eco-Emballages relies on its “material recycling network” which regroups  materials and packaging  representatives (one for each packaging material) committed to organise recycling of packaging waste. These players guarantee the recycling/recovery of the household packaging waste on behalf of the accredited organism. These players are:

  • Valorplast (Plastics) => The specific role of Valorplast is defined in the next pages.
  • France Aluminium Recyclage - FAR (Aluminum)
  • ArcelorMittal France (Steel)
  • Revipac (Paper/Cardboard)
  • Chambre Syndicale des Verreries Mécaniques de France / CSVMF (Glass)

Trade & Industry:

There is no Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for T&I packaging. It is to the final users of T&I packaging to carry its waste (or arrange it by contract) to approved recovery facilities according to the terms defined by the French law. Nevertheless, in some sectors, associations have been created (and are financially supported) by the industry to organize, on a voluntary basis, the recycling of T&I packaging waste. These associations are:

  • Adivalor (T&I plastic packaging waste from plant protection products, fertilizers,…) - www.adivalor.fr  
  • Ecofut (hard plastics from cans, drums, containers, buckets and big bags) - www.ecofut.org
  • Recyfilm (T&I plastic PE film, large PP/PE-bags,…)
  • Ecopse (Expanded polystyrene) - www.ecopse.fr http://www.ecopse.fr

Specific targets may have been negotiated by one or other associations mentioned here above. This is the case of Adivalor for which the next targets are applicable:

  1. Empty packaging of plant protection products: Collection 75% (*), Recycling 50% (**)
  2. Empty packaging of fertilizers and amendments:: Collection 75% (*), Recycling 90% (**)
  3. Empty packaging of potatoes seeds and plants : Collection 75% (*), Recycling 99% (**)
  4. Used farm film: Collection 75% (*), Recycling 99% (**)
  5. Empty packaging of dairy farming hygiene products : Collection 60% (*), Recycling 80% (**)

(*) Of the quantity put on the market and contributing to the system
(**) Of the collected quantities

 

  • To take over the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) from the packers/fillers /importers of goods;
  • To collect the licence fee from the packers/fillers/importers;
  • To install, organize, supervise and finance the collection, sorting and recycling of household packaging waste in partnership with the municipalities (Eco-Emballages: in collaboration with the “material recycling network”).
  • To finance the cost related to the collection and sorting of household packaging waste by the municipalities (Eco-Emballages: up to 80% of the referenced net cost of an optimized collection and sorting service. Sales revenues of the sorted waste are paid back to the municipalities).
  • To stimulate the selective collection and recycling through communication campaigns towards consumers (B2C).
  • To promote prevention of production of domestic waste in order to reduce the quantities and prevent the harmfulness (Eco-DDS)
  • To conduct and support studies and relevant research and development projects in order to develop eco-design of consumer products (Eco DDS)
  • The Act of 15 July 1975, amended by the Act of 13 July 1992 and supplemented by the Act of 1995, is the reference text. It sets out the main principles of the French waste policy.
  • Decree No. 92-377 of 1 April 1992 entrusts to the conditioner and importer (responsible for the first placing on the French market) the responsibility to contribute to or provide for the disposal of packaging waste resulting from the consumption of its products by households. These companies can either organize their own recovery system or contribute to a government-authorized collective system in collaboration with the local authorities (namely Eco -Packaging / Adelphe).
  • Decree No. 2012-13 on the prevention and management of household waste from chemicals that could pose a significant risk to human health and the environment
  • Website Eco-Emballages: www.ecoemballages.fr
  • Website Eco DDS: www.ecodds.com
  • EUROPEN March 2012 - European and National Legislation on Packaging and the Environment
  • PRO EUROPE – Uniformity in Diversity – Producer Responsibility in Action – October 2010.

Our goal is to keep the information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, Wikiwasteschemes.eu accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on this website.

This information is:

  • of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;

  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;

  • sometimes linked to external sites over which Wikiwasteschemes.eu have no control and for which Wikiwasteschemes.eu assumes no responsibility;

  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

Any further questions regarding Wikiwasteschemes: mail@wikiwastechemes.eu