Triman & Info-Tri: Updates for the labeling of electrical products and textiles.

Triman & Info-Tri: Updates for the labeling of electrical products and textiles.

Triman is a recycling symbol required by law under French environmental legislation since January 1, 2015. Originally developed by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), it identifies products and/or packaging that are recyclable and should be sent for separate collection. For example, affected products: Clothing, footwear, furniture, tires, paper products.

The labeling requirements for Triman are now anchored in the adapted French Environmental Code (Code de l'environnement) and have been in force since January 1, 2022. Thus, the scope of products, which should always bear the Triman label, has been extended.

Based on the labeling regulations, the official implementation specifications for the "Info Tri" for consumer products and textiles have now been published: The one-year implementation period, including six months to sell existing stocks, has therefore already begun.

Mandatory labeling of electrical products with Triman and Info-Tri is now in place:

The deadline for the implementation of the labeling has been set for December 31, 2022. By then, the correct labeling must be introduced.
Furthermore, inventory existing as of December 31, 2022, may continue to be distributed until June 15, 2023.

The following product types are affected by the Triman and Info-Tri labeling:

  • Electrical and Electronic Products (EEP)
  • Portable batteries
  • Photovolatic panels
  • Lamps
  • Small fire extinguisher

The labeling consists of alternatively the "Triman" or the "crossed-out wheeled garbage can"; added to this is the Info-Tri. This provides consumers with information on how to dispose of the product.

Differences in labeling occur in the following situations, among others:

  • Different info tri for small or large EEPs.
  • Enclosing an instruction manual or leaflet allows labeling in the document instead of on the product.
  • Enclosed periphery (e.g. cable/battery) must be listed separately in the "Info-Tri" area.

France publishes the new disposal symbols for the textile industry:

Until February 1, 2023, France grants manufacturers and importers of textile products a deadline to implement compliant sorting instructions for end consumers.
Further, inventory existing as of February 1, 2023, may continue to be distributed until August 1, 2023.

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