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French packaging labelling explained
by Jennifer Brook at 16:56 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

Due to changes in French law, there are now even stricter regulations regarding the labels on packaging in France. As a result, the main producer responsibility organisation, CITEO, has published labelling guidelines for their members, showing the mandatory labels to be used.

France is introducing new sorting labels, and part of this change expands the use of the Triman symbol. This symbol has been mandatory on recyclable packaging since 2012. However, France's new Circular Economy Law makes the Triman symbol mandatory on all packaging, whether recyclable or not, from 1 January 2022.

Decree 2021-835, published in June this year, includes the requirement to give sorting instructions for the packaging on the label so the consumer knows which recycling bin to use when sorting their waste. The decree also excludes glass beverage packaging from the requirements, although they can still use the labels voluntarily.

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CITEO has published a collection of acceptable pictograms to use in France, so that the label covers all the requirements from the laws.

There is also a version of the label that can be printed on packaging which is sold both within France and to other countries, for multi-national businesses.

To find out more about the French labelling laws, the CITEO guidelines and pictograms, and how these regulations might affect you, please contact us at Lorax EPI and speak with one of our consultants today.


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