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France's Circular Economy law
by Annis Mapleston at 15:48 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging, WEEE

​France has just introduced extensive new legislation ​(link in French) on waste management and the circular economy (the concept of ​​​designing the economy to minimise waste and pollution and to keep resources in circulation).

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Among many other measures, the new legislation introduces additional EPR schemes for products including waste from food vendors, toys, some medical disposables, industrial and commercial packaging waste and tyres. These schemes will come into force between 2021 and 2025.

Single-use plastics will be phased out gradually, with some things being banned from January 1, 2020 and others being allowed up to 2040. Products affected by the bans will include disposable plastic cups and plates, plastic bottles, plastic packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables and PS foam takeaway containers.

There are also new regulations relating to labelling and the refurbishment of electronic and electrical products.

If you have any questions about France's Circular Economy law and how it might affect your business, please contact us to speak to one of our consultants - and don't forget we can help you with your EPR obligations if you will be impacted by one of the new schemes. If you're interested in reading more articles and blogs like this one, sign up to receive our free monthly digest. ​​​

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