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Unique identifier for all waste streams required in France

Quite a while ago, France adopted the Law on the Fight Against Waste and the Circular Economy. The French simply call it the Anti Waste Law. The aim of this Anti Waste Law is reducing the tremendous amount of waste circulating in France: on average the waste generated per inhabitant is 4600 kg annually. The Anti Waste Law entails many obligations which have different starting dates. One of those obligations will enter into force on 1-1-2022.

Unique identifier

Starting in 2022, if you sell in France and generate any waste, you will be obliged to confirm that you are Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) compliant in France. This will require a registration with the relevant authority and/or compliance scheme, since they will be the party that can prove that you are compliant in France. This prove will be delivered in the form of a unique identifier.

This unique identifier will be generated for each and every waste stream you put on the market. For example, a producer selling an electronic device (EEE) with a built-in battery, will need 3 unique identifiers: 1 for WEEE, 1 for Batteries and 1 for Packaging.

Where to put it?

The unique identifier must be included in the Terms and Conditions of a producer and any other relevant contract and preferably on the website as well. The absence of any identifier in those documents may lead to a penalty which can be a maximum of 30.000 EUR. Gladly, the identifier will be active till a producer ends the contract, so the request for identifiers and the adjustment of documents and the website is an undertaking you will only have to do once.

Guidance

Ademe, the current authority for WEEE and batteries, has not yet shared more detail on the obligation explained above. The reasoning behind this decision is quite clear; France is working towards having a circular economy, just as the Green Deal will enforce that in the entirety of the EU. As soon as more is announced we will provide an update on this. If you are a producer and need guidance on this topic, just reach out to us!

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Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

21 Dec 2021 at 10:04 am
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Published by:
Joris te Pas
Environmental Compliance Specialist
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