EPR in the building sector: retailers struggle to set up collection points

In France, since May 1, the trade and DIY sectors have been paying an eco-contribution for the recycling of end-of-life products as part of the EPR program for the building industry. By December 31, 2023, this law will require all stores over 4,000 sq.m to set up a mandatory take-back point. mind Retail interviewed retailers and eco-organizations, to see how deployment was progressing (investments, deployment of collection points) and the difficulties encountered.

Through Bleuenn Fequant. Published on 06 July 2023 à 17h18 - Update on 07 July 2023 à 15h56

As part of the AGEC law, the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for the construction sector has been in force since 1st January 2023 for waste collection centres and since 1st May for retailers. The aim is to develop waste sorting, recycling and re-use, and reduce illegal dumping.

The new regulations involve the payment of an eco-contribution and the collection points at retailers’ premises alongside professional waste collection centres. These collection points were due to be set up on 2nd May. However, given the current problems in the sector, the French Ministry of Ecological Transition postponed the deadline to 31st December 2023.

What products are concerned?

Category 1: inert materials and products (mineral products such as lime, stone, bricks, tiles…).

Category 2: other building materials and products, such as fencing, piping, chemical products (mortars, coatings, paints, varnishes and resins), glazed joinery, plaster, plastic, bituminous membranes, glass wool, rock wool, bio-sourced products (excluding wood).

Find the full list of products here

Retailers and eco-organisations working together

To help construction companies manage their waste, the government has approved 4 eco-organisations specialising in certain product categories. Funded by eco-taxes, their role is to organise the free collection and recovery of sorted waste.…