Recyclability And Destination To Separate Waste Collection

On December 26th, a Decree requiring the affixing of the environmental logo “Triman” (Décret du 23 décembre 2014 no 2014-1577 relatif à la signalétique Common des produits recyclables here relevent d’une consigne de tri) has been published on the French Official Journal; such Decree implements a previous amendment to the French Environmental Code.

This regulation, already applicable from 1 January 2015, requires that all those who place into the French market various types of recyclable products subject to a separate waste collection (according to the French “Responsabilité élargie du Producteur” (REP) system), shall inform the consumer about the need to deliver their products to a separate collection, using at least the common symbol required by the Decree (TRIMAN logo).

Various types of products may fall within the field of application of such regulation: for example different kinds of packaging, apparel and textiles products, household linens, footwear and paper products. Packaging made of glass and products for professional use are instead excluded.

This symbol may be marked on the product, on the packaging, on the instructions for use, or on other media including the possibility of dematerialization (eg. by being shown on the website of the responsible person). In this regard the French authority ADEME has published guidelines about how to implement such requirements.