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Building eco-taxes finance recycling

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Building eco-taxes finance recycling

With the implementation of the regulation on the recycling of building products and materials (REP PMCB), marketers must pay an eco-participation fee for the recycling of their end-of-life products. What is eco-participation? How does it work? What does it finance? Here are the answers.

How does the building eco-tax work?

Eco-participation for the building industry is paid to eco-organizations by manufacturers, importers and distributors. The principle is simple: you collect the eco-participation on new products sold, and declare the amount collected to your eco-organization every quarter on the basis of your actual sales. To do this, simply log on to your member account in your service area.

What does the building eco-participation fund?

The sums paid finance reuse, containers and collection, transport, recycling and waste recovery, as well as research and development and eco-design incentives. In short, eco-participation funds the entire recycling chain. In short, eco-participation finances the entire recycling chain.

For example, for furniture products, €1 of eco-participation is broken down as follows:

  • 75 centimes for sorting and recycling
  • 18 centimes for partners in the social economy, local authorities and distributors for take-back.
  • 3 centimes for innovation and R&D
  • 4 centimes for operating costs

How is the price scale for building products worked out?

The amount varies from one product to another, as it depends on the cost of collection and recycling. This cost varies according to the type of product or material, its composition, recyclability and characteristics.

Here are a few examples (prices excl. VAT):

  • plaster: €0.03 to €0.12/m2, depending on composition and thickness
  • laminate flooring: €0.08 /m2
  • window: €0.20 to €0.60 / unit, depending on size
  • staircase: €0.80 / unit
  • ceramic sink: €0.09 or €0.15, depending on size (width)

The full price list is available online.

Eco-participation to encourage the circular economy

Ecomaison's ambition is to apply eco-modulation to its tariffs, with bonuses and reductions to encourage eco-design. This is what Ecomaison is successfully proposing in the furniture sector, with an eco-modulated price scale that has the dual effect of encouraging innovation and supporting manufacturers in a virtuous circular economy approach. Several furniture manufacturers have already incorporated recycled materials into their production processes. A new model is emerging, and the building sector will be able to benefit from it thanks to Ecomaison.