Waste segregation: Understand all about the new rules in 2023

Waste segregation: Understand all about the new rules in 2023

Knowing which bin to throw your rubbish in can be a real headache… But starting this month of January, the instructions have been simplified to avoid making mistakes.

Yellow trash can or regular trash can? Starting this month of January, answering this question should be easier when sorting waste. Since January 1st, several measures of the anti-waste law for a circular economy have come into force, with the aim of simplifying the sorting instructions for the French and encouraging an increase in waste recycling.

Packing in the yellow bin

Knowing which packaging can be recycled and disposed of in the yellow bin was not necessarily a matter of course. From now on, all household packaging, whether clean or dirty, must be sorted. If we are already used to throwing away plastic bottles, boxes and canned goods, now the list of waste to be recycled is much longer.

From now on, the French are allowed to use yoghurt pots, toothpaste tubes, bowls (including Styrofoam), plastic foil and bags, stewed pumpkins, coffee capsules… All types of packaging now have to be sorted.

You don’t have to wash them either, just drain them well. The only instruction to be followed is to keep the packaging elements separate if they are made of different materials. For example, separate the plastic tray that certain products are placed in from their cardboard box that encases everything.

A new Info Tri signage

Since last summer, the new Info-Tri signage has been displayed on the packaging of many consumer products. In this way, consumers know exactly what to do with their product if they want to dispose of it: put it in the recycling bin, at the recycling depot, in the shop or at a collection point, etc.

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It accompanies the Triman logo, a reference logo indicating that the product must be sorted or taken to a collection point.

This marking must be affixed to many types of products: household packaging, clothing, furniture, chemical products, toys, electronic devices, etc. It must be affixed to the packaging of the goods in question before March 9, 2023. If you have thrown away the packaging of your product and you do not know how to part with it, the government has also created the quefairedemesdechets.ademe.fr platform where you can find the necessary information.

This Thursday, January 12, Bérangère Couillard, Secretary of State for Ecology, has to go to a Lidl supermarket in Châtenay-Malabry, in the Hauts-de-Seine department, to check the use of the new signage and about the new selective sorting speak instructions.

Other measures to reduce or recycle waste

The anti-waste law also enabled the implementation of other measures on waste this January, one of which caused a stir: the end of single-use cutlery in fast-food chains to drastically reduce the use of single-use plastics.

Another innovation announced earlier this year by the Ministry of Ecological Transition is the in-store take-back of used products for toys, sports and leisure items, and DIY and gardening items. “Consumers can now hand in their used or defective products directly in the store to collection terminals provided for this purpose. They can therefore be repaired to have a second life or otherwise recycled,” the ministry said on its website.

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