The Triman logo - what it means and how it works!
Triman Logo: These obligations apply when shipping to France
What is the Triman logo?
The amendment of the EU Packaging Directive brought new challenges for manufacturers and retailers; special adjustments must also be made for France regarding the labeling of packaging. Do you regularly export to this neighboring country? Since January 1, 2022 and according to Decree No. 2014-1577, the - internationally uniform - Triman logo must appear on packaging and recyclable goods. In this way, consumers know at a glance that products labeled in this way belong in the recycling or waste paper garbage can instead of ending up in household waste. If the Triman logo is missing, the packaging belongs in the residual waste. What the packaging is made of - whether cardboard, metal, plastic, etc. - is of secondary importance. Non-recyclable shipping boxes and second-hand goods must also bear the Triman logo. The only decisive factor is that first-time distributors are subject to the new rules.
How do you recognize the Triman logo plus separation notice?
The Triman logo as a pictogram shows a person with an outstretched arm: three arrows point in different directions, an all-around arrow stands for the circular economy. Symbol for environmentally conscious citizens who know that goods and packaging belong in the appropriate recycling. Directly next to it, the so-called info tri can be seen in bar form - depending on the type of disposal in yellow (for the yellow garbage can) or green (for glass) including the correct collection container. The respective separable packaging components are listed in a zone - not highlighted in color - by pictogram and/or text note. Uniform and easy-to-understand pictograms are available in special libraries sorted by product groups, e.g. food packaging, and so on. You sell items in sets? You only need one sorting instruction per packaging material type and indicate this on the outer packaging. To be precise: If, for example, you send three coffee mugs in poly bags with polystyrene protection in one package, it is sufficient if there is a pictogram for each type of packaging on the outside of the box.
What is the structure of the Triman logo and how do you read it?
Triman logo and info tri are to be applied directly to product or packaging - in black and white and at least six millimeters in size. If this is not feasible, the Triman logo may alternatively appear on enclosed documents such as instruction manuals, etc. The separation notice appearing with the Triman logo may have French text form or symbol form. Attention: For packages that are not only on the road in France, but also in other French-speaking markets, you should indicate FR as the country code in addition to the Triman Logo. This makes it transparent that the Triman Logo sorting rules only apply to France. In addition, you can inform consumers on a voluntary basis in text form to separate all parts of the packaging before disposing of it. Auch Recycling codes also inform consumers and retailers about used packaging material and proper recycling.
The most frequently asked questions about the Triman logo
What are the deadlines for the Triman logo?
EPR obligation - what is it?
Triman logo and Info-Tri as mandatory labeling for all products are subject to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as a new manufacturer obligation, which informs consumers about the correct disposal at the end of the product's life. This is because a manufacturer is responsible for what it produces, from design to distribution to take-back - and therefore also for proper disposal and recycling. EPRs connected to a take-back system in France are monitored by ADEME (Environment and Energy Agency). In Germany, electronics (EEE), batteries and accumulators, and packaging are covered by EPR regulations; product manufacturers carry an EPR number. For each EPR, there is a list of product generic terms. How recycling is regulated in other countries, such as Italy, can be found here.
To which products and market players does the Triman logo apply?
- - Clothing and shoes
- - Paper printed products
- - Electrical appliances
- - Packaging
- - Batteries
- - Accumulators
- - Car tires
- and much more.
What are the Triman guidelines for furniture?
Because the new regulations for the Info-Tri sorting notice already appeared here at the end of 2021, the deadlines for the packaging labeling of these goods were also adjusted. Furniture produced after December 9, 2022 at the latest must bear the Triman logo plus sorting notice - on the piece of furniture itself, the packaging or the accompanying documents. You can order customized furniture packaging such as folding boxes and have them digitally printed with the necessary markings. An illustration on the website alone is not enough; the supplementary illustration of the markings in the online store is expressly recommended. The sale of produced goods without the Triman logo is still permitted until June 9, 2023. In addition, furniture stores are required to display the notice Donnez ou recyclez vos meubles (Return or recycle furniture).
What are the penalties for failing to comply with Triman's obligations?
France: Special way recycling labeling - now think about Triman
Admittedly, France takes some - rather complex - special paths when it comes to recycling labeling. It's not so easy to ensure that the Triman logo is affixed if you're an online store operator outside of France, is it? For example, because as a retailer you have no influence on the application of the symbol when using international packaging. Or whether the manufacturer correctly prints the Triman logo on the goods you offer. Either way, the new labeling requirements are now written into the Code de I' environnement and have been in effect since January 1, 2022. Any questions? We are happy to answer them. E-commerce is booming in France. Which is why it is worthwhile for entrepreneurs to always be up to date with the latest EU packaging directives!