DIY and gardening

Do-it-yourself and garden products: a re-use and recycling channel to give them a second life

As of January 1, 2022, the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) applies to DIY and garden products. Ecomaison has been approved by the French government to organize the collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of these products. We support producers, distributors and marketers in fulfilling their obligations. Ecomaison deciphers the regulations for you. An overview of our solutions and support services to simplify your compliance.

The 2020 AGEC (Anti-Waste for a Circular Economy) law created new recycling channels - known as Extended Producer Responsibility - including the one for DIY and garden items, the ABJ EPR. Coming into force in January 2022, it is financed by the eco-participation fee applied to new products placed on the French market by manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and marketplaces.

Who's concerned?

Producers and/or marketers are any natural or legal persons who, on a professional basis, either manufacture in France, or import, or assemble, or introduce for the first time onto the national market, DIY and garden products intended for sale to the end user, whether free of charge or in return for payment, by any sales technique whatsoever, or for direct use on national territory. Where items are sold under the sole brand name of a reseller, the reseller is considered to be the marketer.

What products and tools are involved?

  • Painter's tools (EcoDDS approval)
  • Heat-powered machines and appliances (Ecologic approval)
  • DIY equipment, including hand tools (approved by Ecomaison)
  • Products and equipment for garden maintenance and landscaping, with the exception of decorative ornaments and swimming pools (approval for Ecomaison).

Products designed exclusively for professional use, hardware, masonry and electrical and electronic equipment are not covered by this sector.

What are your regulatory obligations?

  • Provide or contribute to the prevention and management of waste from your products.
  • Adopt an eco-design approach.
  • To help extend the life of these products by ensuring that all professional and private repairers have the resources they need to carry out efficient maintenance.
  • Support reuse and repair networks, such as those run by social economy structures or those promoting integration through employment.
  • Contribute to development aid projects for the collection and treatment of their waste, and develop the recycling of product waste.

Displaying the TRIMAN sorting information: an obligation to facilitate sorting

All marketers subject to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are required to affix sorting instructions to their products, which vary from product to product. These instructions include information on how to sort or dispose of used products.

It must be affixed as close as possible to the product: on the product, on its packaging or in the documents supplied with the product.

TRIMAN signage is still possible on a website, but does not replace the integration of information on one of the three elements mentioned above.

Taking back used products: a complementary service for your customers

The French anti-waste law for a circular economy (Loi Anti-Gaspillage pour une Economie Circulaire - AGEC) requires you to take back used products from your customers free of charge. Ecomaison offers simple, effective solutions for your points of sale.

TRIMAN signage

We invite you to complete a brief questionnaire to download the TRIMAN label for the DIY and garden products sector. This will tell you whether you meet the requirements for using the label.

Further information

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