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EPR for household packaging

  1. 1. What is the EPR (extended producer responsibility) for household packaging and who does it apply to?
  2. 2. As a packaging manufacturer I need access to the Sorting Info guide (including the Triman logo) for my customers. What should I do?
  3. 3. Do I have to declare my household packaging?

1. What is the EPR (extended producer responsibility) for household packaging and who does it apply to?

The EPR for household packaging applies to all organisations placing packaged products consumed or used by households on the French market. It makes them responsible for managing the end of life of such household packaging. It includes collection, sorting, recycling and reuse, as well as eco-design and consumer awareness-raising.

It can apply to you as a producer, importer of goods onto the French market, or the first to place packaged products targeted at households on the French market.

Watch our video to find out more.

If you fall into one of the above categories, EPR applies to you and you will need to join a producer responsibility organisation (PRO) such as Citeo, which takes care of managing and financing the end of life of your household packaging.

As a reminder, Citeo is a not-for-profit organisation which invests all the contributions made by its clients into managing the end of life of packaging.

How each euro paid to Citeo is spent:

Citeo fee

 

Citeo is also the approved producer responsibility organisation for the graphic paper EPR scheme.

To find out if graphic paper EPR applies to you, please go to section 5 below (+ link).

2. As a packaging manufacturer I need access to the Sorting Info guide (including the Triman logo) for my customers. What should I do?

Those who place packaged products on the market are responsible for declaring their packaging, i.e. the organisations that package their products with the packaging supplied to them.

It is up to your customers to join Citeo. They will then have access to all the necessary document and files, which they can forward to you so that you can label the packaging you supply accordingly.

However, if you also sell B2C products directly to households, you will need to join a producer responsibility organisation to declare the packaging related to this activity in particular.

3. Do I have to declare my household packaging?

Thirty years ago, Article L.541-10 of the French Environmental Code introduced the principle of EPR for household packaging.

This legislation obligates businesses placing household packaging on the market to set up a system, alone or with others via a state-approved producer responsibility organisation, for processing the waste produced by their products. The system should include a collection, sorting and recycling process.

Watch our video on EPR for household packaging to find out more.