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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive

Why recycle?

Hardware WEEE symbol.

Because of certain substances used in electronic equipment, throwing out electronic devices along with regular garbage can hurt the environment and harm human health. The EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires that these devices be marked with the above symbol, which reminds people that it is strictly forbidden to throw away such items as unsorted waste.  Any piece of equipment displaying this symbol refers to the Waste Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) Directive.

EU Member States are also required to achieve high levels of collection of these devices for environmentally sound disposal. So, before you toss your old phone or computer or other device, think for a moment. Could you reuse it? Recover it? Turn it into a sculpture? Or bring it back while buying a new one. By extending the life of your device -- or at least returning it to a facility dedicated to its proper disposal--you’ll reduce waste and help the EU meet its goals.

What is Eco-participation?

Eco-participation, also known as eco-contribution, is a fee a buyer pays that is added to the price of electric, electronic products.

This is an annual financial compensation paid by a company to a certified eco-organism for the management of the disposal of waste generated by its activities. Each year producers submit a declaration and make contributions relative to the potential waste from their activities.

Products under consideration include electronics and electrical equipment, batteries, packaging, medical and chemical waste and household items including furniture.  

You can participate in these efforts by reducing waste and recycling materials whenever possible.

The current 7 categories;

  • Temperature exchange equipment
  • Screens, monitors, and equipment containing screens
  • Lamps
  • Large equipment
  • Small equipment
  • Small IT and telecommunication equipment
  • Solar panels (only for France)

The agency you can use to recycle your items depends on the store your items were bought from.

Agencies for electrical waste (WEEE);

Need help with reducing your e-waste, finding a drop-off location or scheduling a pick-up? Contact the retailer directly for more information.

The furniture waste disposal law (gestion des déchets d'éléments d'ameublement)

What is L'éco-participation mobilier?

With the 2013 implementation in France of the Responsabilité Elargie du Producteur (REP) for the furniture industry, furniture now has a collection process for recycling.

Eco participation for furniture is a fee paid by a company to a certified third-party to manage the disposal of waste produced. A declaration is made annually by producers and contributions are made depending on the potential waste generated. This is why eco-participation is now indicated in addition to the sale price.

This eco-participation fee is transferred entirely to Eco-mobilier, the organisation in charge of collecting and recycling the recovered products.

The list of furniture products under consideration include: beds and mattresses, sofas, chairs and armchairs, tables, living room furniture, office furniture, bathroom furniture, outdoor furniture.

To find out more about the fees per category or discover the closest recycling center, please check Eco-mobilier.

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