- What is it the Extended Producer's Responsibility on the Clothing, Linen and Footwear in France?
- What does it apply to?
- What are contributions used for?
- How to subscribe?
- How are contributions calculated?
What is it the EPR on the Clothing, Linen and Footwear in France?
As part of France’s commitment to comply with the European environmental standards regarding sustainable waste management, an EPR has been set for the Clothing, Linen and Footwear (CLF : TLC in French) producers, distributors or importers.
Companies are considered responsible by law for providing or managing the recycling of their products at the end of their usage. They can either organise their own recycling program that must be approved by the French Public Authorities or contribute to an organisation accredited by law to provide for them.
Eco TLC is the only organisation accredited by the French public authorities to cover the sector. This company is a non-for-profit private company directed by a board of industrials that aims to tend towards 100% reuse and recycling for used CLFs. The organisation was formed following the law of the 21st of December 2006 (Article L-541-10-3 of the Code de l'Environnement), ratified on the 27th June 2008. Currently, Eco TLC represents more than 93% of the industry.
Companies that have registered (and paid) to Eco TLC are free to choose whether they communicate about this contribution. A communication kit is available on the Eco TLC registered-only access.There are neither obligation nor interdiction to communicate toward the end consumer. This contribution does not change the price for the end consumer.
What does it apply to?
This regulation is to engage producers in considering end of life of their products when putting it on the market. Every company that introduces clothing, household linen, and footwear items on the French market to sell it under their own brands, must either:
- set its own internal collecting and recycling program accredited by the French Public Authorities
- or pay a contribution to Eco TLC (the company accredited by the French Public Authorities to manage the sector’s waste) to provide it for them.
This DOES NOT include:
• Full leather clothing items;
• Non-clothing items (doll, toy, pets products, etc.);
• Medical and orthopaedic items;
• Technical sport items (ice skating, skiing boots, etc.);
• Household linen like blankets, pillows, etc.;
What are contributions used for?
The funds collected are used towards supporting:
- All sorting organisations that respects Eco TLC requirements;
- R&D projects that are selected by a scientific committee to find news outlet and solutions to recycle used CLF;
- Communication campaigns organised by local authorities to motivate end used to change consumers waste sorting habits.
Also Eco TLC goes beyond its mission of general interest by providing:
- Communication kits to all stakeholders of the sector;
- Measuring tools to analyse and develop reliable statistics about the industry;
- Real time mapping of all French collecting sites to inform citizens local and communities for free.
You can register to our initiative, which would transfer your responsibility to us.
- Registering is an straightforward way to comply to the French law;
- Registering offers you an opportunity to be part of a larger project, for nature preservation and waste management;
- Registering can be your first step in a positive approach to CLF production into a market more and more concerned about the environment;
- Being a member give your company access to our communication kit and market data and trends.
How are contributions calculated?
The contribution is annual, based on the last year’s volume put on the market crossed with the size of each items:
- 4 sizes for clothing and household linen (TPP, PP, MP, GP)
- 2 sizes of footwear (PP, MP).
- Very Small Item (TPP): € excl.VAT 0.00132
- Small Item (PP): € excl.VAT 0.00528
- Average Item (MP): € excl.VAT 0.00791
- Large Item (GP): € excl.VAT 0.0528
To incentivise companies that uses recycled fibers from pre-consumer textile, linen or shoes, all products that contains a proven minimum of 30% pre-consumer recycled fibers can have a 25% discount on their contributions for these products.
To incentivise companies that uses recycled fibers from post-consumer textile, linen or shoes, all products that contains a proven minimum of 15% post-consumer recycled fibers can have a 50% discount on their contributions for these products.
Companies that sell less than 5,000 items or make less that €750,000 per year are entitled to contribute at a basic €36 plus VAT.
Rates are announced each year, as per the necessity of Eco TLC to cover for the need of support, it can be found on Eco TLC news feed.