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New penalties for non-recyclable plastic packaging in France

In 2019, the French environmental authorities will be introducing new penalties for packaging containing non-recyclable plastic.

As part of a long-standing pledge from the Environment Ministry, this new system aims to encourage the use of recycled-only plastic throughout France by 2025.

Under the new system taking effect in 2019, costs for products containing recycled plastic packaging will be up to 10% less, whilst those containing non-recyclable plastic will cost up to 10% more.

France has long been a proponent of this “bonus/malus” system – particularly for WEEE where producers placing eco-friendly products on the market pay reduced fees.

Leading the way in the circular economy package

Brune Poirson, the Secretary of State for Ecological Transition in France, is determined to remove superfluous plastic packaging and move the country towards 100% recycling targets. Her view is that items such as plastic bottles should “never become waste”.

The French are leading the way in the circular economy package – ensuring that discarded plastic is valued and transformed into something else, rather than incinerated or sent to landfill.

In addition, France is planning to introduce a DRS system (deposit return scheme) for plastic drinks bottles, and also intends to reduce taxes for companies actively engaging in recycling. This incentivisation is likely to bring about wholesale change in the mindset of producers and users alike. 

If you require advice and assistance with producer responsibility in France, please contact our team today.


Katie Nairne

International project manager

Katie manages our expert international compliance services to help ensure our members are compliant with recycling legislation overseas. She has a sharp pair of eyes too, having previously qualified not only as a chartered legal executive but also in PRINCE2 and APM project management. When the devil is in the detail, Katie ensures nothing is missed!


Written by Katie Nairne Published 14/08/2018 Topics International

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