France has established new regulatory requirements concerning packaging sorting signs whose objectives are to ammonize the sorting rules and make it easier for consumers to understand how to sort their waste through French Law AGEC No. 2020-105 of February 10, 2020 concerning the fight against waste and the circular economy, and Decree No. 2021-835 of June 29, 2021 concerning consumer information on the waste separation rule for products subject to the principle of extended producer responsibility.
French Decree No. 2014-1577 made it mandatory as of January 1, 2015 to print the Triman logo on recyclable packaging sold to consumers in France. But, it only affected certain products. Since January 1, 2022, it has been mandatory to display the Triman logo on all recyclable products and packaging. In addition, it must be accompanied by the Info-Tri logo, which contains sorting information for the consumer.
A transition period until March 9, 2023 has been granted for products produced before September 9, 2022. Therefore, manufacturers, importers or distributors can sell stock of old packaging but products manufactured after September 9, 2022 must have the Triman + info-Tri Logo included on the packaging.
Decree No. 2014-1577 itself does not establish any sanction . However, according to the environmental legislation applicable in France (Art. L171-8 and L173-1), the responsible authorities may issue a warning. Thereafter, continued non-compliance may result in financial penalties.
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