France to force online retailers to tackle compliance free-riding

The French Government is set to introduce new rules obligating online marketplaces, such as Amazon, to ensure that the collection and recycling of waste arising from products sold through their sites is properly financed.

The new obligations were announced by Brune Poirson, Secretary of State for Ecological Transition, last Wednesday (16 January) and will require online retailers to prove that all of the products sold through their platforms have had an ‘eco-contribution’ paid on their behalf.

Poirson continued: “Now, by default, Amazon will be held responsible if it cannot prove that a business that sells a product on its site makes an ‘eco-contribution’.”

The new obligations for online platforms will be included in the upcoming law on the circular economy, which was presented to the National Council on Ecological Transition last Thursday (17 January) in advance of its presentation to France’s Council of Ministers.