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What does the French circular economy law change for me?

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As a producer of waste, the major change brought about by the French circular economy law and the decrees taken for its application (decree n°2020-1455 of 27 November 2020; decree n°2021-321 of 25 March 2021) concern the extended producer responsibility (EPR). It implies that you must :

  • Join an eco-organisation or create your own individual waste management system.
  • Ensure the traceability of waste from its collection to its final treatment, which obliges you to declare the nature, quantity, and destination of the waste exported to the minister for the Environment.
  • Keep a chronological waste register for excavated soil and sediments, and this for a minimum of three years. 
  • Finance the installation of new professional waste collection centers. 
  • Finance the collection and clean-up of illegal dumping sites. 

These obligations will become mandatory as of 1st of January 2022.

As a general contractor, the circular economy law and the decrees taken for its application (decree n°2021-821 and decree n°2021-822 of 25 June 2021) oblige you to:

  • Carry out a product-equipment-material-waste (PEMW) diagnosis before any significant demolition and rehabilitation operation of buildings with a combined surface area of more than 1000m2. This diagnosis should include in particular the nature, quality, and location of the PEMW generated by the operation, as well as the management precautions for their reuse, recovery, or elimination in accordance with the hierarchy of treatment methods.
  • Transmit this diagnosis to any natural or legal person likely to design or carry out the work in question, as well as to the “Centre scientifique et technique du bâtiment”, together with the inspection form. The transmission must take place before the acceptance of any tender or the award of contracts.

These obligations will become mandatory as of 1st of January 2022.

As a transporter, the circular economy law and the decrees taken for its application (decree n°2021-321 of 25 March 2021) oblige you to: 

  • Ensure the traceability of waste from its collection to its final treatment using the Trackdéchets platform and waste tracking notes (“bordereaux de suivi de déchets”).
  • Keep a chronological waste register for excavated soil and sediments, and this for a minimum of three years. 

These obligations will become mandatory as of 1st of January 2022.

As a storage and incineration facility for non-hazardous non-inert waste, the circular economy law and the decrees taken for its application (decree n°2021-345 of 30 March 2021) oblige you to :

  • Install a camera that will record images of unloading operations in order to identify the contents that are unloaded and the license plate of each vehicle received in the facility for waste treatment.
  • Install a sign at the entrance of the facility which informs all people of this video monitoring system.
  • Anonymise the images of any person filmed in order to prevent their identification.

These obligations will become mandatory as of 1st of July 2021.