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Tuesday, March 15, 2022France

Reused packaging: French decree notified to the WTO

Emballages réemployés : le décret français notifié à l'OMC

On 3 March 2022, France notified the WTO of the Decree “on the minimum proportion of reused packaging to be placed on the market annually”. The text covers the years 2023 to 2027, with reuse targets of 5% in 2023 and 10% in 2027.

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Notification Date

3 March 2022

Products covered

Packaging

Title of the notified document

Décret relatif à la proportion minimale d’emballages réemployés à mettre sur le marché annuellement - Decree on the minimum proportion of reused packaging to be placed on the market annually

Content

The decree defines for the years 2023 to 2027 the minimum proportion of reused packaging to be placed on the market annually in France in order to achieve the reuse targets set by Article L. 541-1 of the Environmental Code, i.e. 5% in 2023 and 10% in 2027.
It specifies the producers concerned and provides for the possibility for these producers to join together in a collective structure or to rely on their eco-organisation to fulfil their obligation to reuse packaging. The possibility for producers to rely on the eco-organisation to which they already belong for their extended responsibility obligation (EPR) by paying them an eco-contribution will greatly facilitate the implementation of this new obligation. In return, the decree specifies that the approved eco-organisations for packaging are responsible for developing the reuse of packaging on behalf of producers.
This decree comes into force on 1 January 2023.

Objective

Waste prevention, particularly through reuse, is part of …

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