Compliance requirements in France

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WEEE Regulations

Batteries Regulations

Packaging Regulations

WEEE requirements

Registration timescale

Manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic products in France must register with the Environment Agency ADEME by 30 November 2006. The WEEE registration process began on 1 September and failure to register can prevent products being sold in France.

Registration agency

Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maitrise de l'Energie (ADEME)

Collection and recycling obligations for B2B WEEE

Under the French Decree on the Prevention and Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) which came into force on August 13th 2005, the financing of collection and recycling of any waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) arising from equipment bought before August 13th 2005 is the responsibility of the business end-user. This is regardless of whether the equipment is being replaced by a new piece of equipment from the producer of electrical and electronic equipment. Equipment purchased before August 13th 2005 is referred to as Historic WEEE.

Under the Decree, the producer is required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that is bought after August 13th 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as new WEEE.

Reports on the quantities put on the market, collected and recycled in 2007 must be submitted to ADEME from 28 February 2008

Similar to the situation in Germany, providing compliant WEEE collection and recycling arrangements in France is considerably easier for business products compared to household products. A financial guarantee is not required and an individual system for business products does not require approval. Companies can further reduce their compliance costs by inserting a clause into sales terms and conditions which requires the last user of the product to pay to send it to the company's appointed recycler.

Regulations in French

Batteries requirements

Registration timescale

Producers must register and declare 2009 data from 7 May 2010 to 1 July 2010 at the latest.

Registration Agency

Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maitrise de l'Energie (ADEME)

Registration, collection and recycling obligations for batteries producers

Producers of portable batteries

Producers must take back batteries collected by distributors, municipalities and other final holders through a collective or individual system. Any system that collects waste portable batteries must be approved by Ministerial Decree.

Producers of industrial batteries

Producers must put in place arrangements that allow the final holder (who could be a dismantler of EEE) to dispose of WIBAs free of charge. No approval is required for industrial batteries take-back, treatment and recycling systems.

Battery Regulations in French

Packaging requirements

Business end-users must report to ADEME on the collection, recovery and recycling of their non-household packaging waste. Business end-users may fulfil their collection, recovery and recycling obligations by contracting with a joint compliance scheme.

Since 1 January 2017, it has been compulsory for packaged goods manufacturers and importers to delegate their EPR obligations for household packaging waste management to a compliance organisation.

Thresholds

End users producing less than 1100 litres of non-household packaging waste per week are not required to recover and recycle their separately collected packaging waste, but may deposit it in municipalities' collection points.

Packaging Regulations in French

Meeting the requirements

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