Specifications of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) (Decree of November 23, 2022)

Decree of November 23, 2022, specifying the specifications of eco-organizations and individual systems within the extended producer responsibility sector for textiles, footwear, and household linens.

Specifications of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) (Decree of November 23, 2022)

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Requirements introduced by legislation

EPR scheme for textiles and clothing in France aims to shift the responsibility for managing end-of-life products from local authorities to producers and distributors:

  • Obligation to collect, classify and recycle textile and clothing waste.
  • Meet annual targets for the collection and recycling of textiles and clothing waste.
  • Provide information on their products’ environmental performance, including durability, reparability, and recyclability.

Who must comply

Any company or individual who designs, produces, imports, or distributes textiles and clothing in the French market. The EPR scheme is applicable to all types of textiles and clothing, including garments, footwear, accessories, and home textiles.

Key law specifications

  • Requirement to finance the cost of setting up and operating collection and recycling systems, as well as the cost of managing the environmental impact of the waste.
  • Minimum recycled content in textile products, increasing to 50% by 2025.
  • Information disclosure on how to use, maintain, and dispose of the products responsibly.

Penalties for non-compliance

  • Penalties for producers in case of non-compliance with their EPR obligations are administrative fines foreseen by the law.
  • Article L541-9-5 of the Environmental Code states up to €1,500 per unit or per ton of product for a natural person; €7,500 a legal entity, and another administrative fine of up to €30,000.

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Timeline for its entry into force and compliance

July 2024

Premiums for durability

Defines the premiums associated with durability and requires a study on the additional production costs of TLC meeting the durability requirements.

January 2024

Study on the recyclability of TLCs

Eco-organisation carries out a study on the recyclability of TLCs and submit the study report to the responsible ministry.

January 2023

Enforcement of the decree

The Order of 23 November 2022 officially enters into force.

November 2022

France publishes specifications for Extended Producer Responsibility

The specifications of eco-organizations and individual systems in the EPR sector of textiles, footwear, and household linen.

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