Household Packaging

Due to the EU Packaging Directive, all those who sell packaged products to French end customers must license their packaging in France.

WEEE = Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Every electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) producer is obliged to finance the collection and recycling of the end-of-life equipment that it produced, sold or imported on the French market.

An easy solution is to become member of a take-back scheme that takes responsibility for the end-of-life management of the equipment (Article L 541-2 and Article L541-10) and for meeting collection and recycling targets.


Any company or wholesaler that first introduces any type of battery into the French market, whether the battery is sold separately or incorporated in electrical or electronic equipment, is responsible for organizing the collection, recycling and disposal of any used batteries that it sells. Joining a compliance scheme enables you to comply with the obligations imposed by the 22 September 2009 Order or 2.

Graphic Paper

This category covers paper products which is for graphic or printing function, such as blank printing paper, printed items such as user manuals, wall papers, gift cards or advertising inserts.


On January 1, 2007, the law introduced the principle of “Extended Producer Responsibility” (E.P.R) for textile products in sections of clothing, household linen and footwear sold in France, targeting household use. Professional functioned products are excluded.


Companies placing furniture on the market, especially if they import foreign products, must assign to each product an environmental levy. The amount of the environmental levy is determined according to a single, national tariff scale for each product. This category covers household and professional furniture.


Every tyre sold in France must be declared and recycled at the end of its life. That’s what the eco-contribution is for. Selling tyres without the eco-contribution is fraud and is punishable by a fine.

Dangerous Diffuse Waste (Chemicals)

This category covers chemical products and their containers, e.g. glue, paint, car polish, acetone, Vaseline or mastic.

Infectious medical waste

This category covers penetrating tools for medical purpose, e.g. needles, micro-perfusion, catheter or pen with retractable needle.

Toys & Games

EPR in France covers products such as outdoor games, slides, swings, board games, dolls, construction games.

Sport & Leisure

Sports and Leisure items are equipment used in the context of sports or outdoor leisure; including accessories and consumables such as bikes, scooters, accessories including but not limited to helmets, pads, pumps.

Thermal motorised DIY and gardening

This new sector is part of the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) and cover products that are thermal motorised for DIY and gardening use as well as their accessories and consumables, like: chain saws, hedge trimmers, mowers. Any products motorised by electronic power (eg. battery) or electricity (a wire), belongs to WEEE even if they are for DIY and gardening use.

DIY (Do it yourself) and gardening hand tools

Since January 1, 2022, the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) applies to the DIY and garden products sector. For example: DIY materials, including hand tools; flowerpots and growing containers; tarpaulins; other products and equipment intended for the maintenance and development of the garden.