Eco-systèmes’ main missions
Created by 35 producers and retailers, Eco-systèmes is a non-profit organisation accredited by the French Authorities since 9 August 2006. In accordance with French and European regulations, Eco-systèmes carries out a mission of public interest, i.e. the deployment throughout France of a system for collection, decontamination and recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), excluding lighting.
Eco-systèmes manages, coordinates and organises all those involved in the WEEE industry in order to develop efficient and effective collection and treatment systems in France. The number of used appliances collected by Eco-systèmes has risen from 350,000 in 2006 to 48.8 million items in 2016.
With more than 1,960 producer members in 2016, Eco-systèmes covers more than 78% of companies introducing electrical and electronic household appliances onto the market in France. Whatever the specificities of the different types of producer statuses, our advisers have in-depth knowledge of the complex and restrictive French regulations and can ensure that their members are in total compliance with the law.
Eco-systèmes provides information to the French population on collection solutions and recycling quality.
Eco-systèmes is committed to working with solidarity networks in order to encourage the reuse and recovery of appliances in working order.
Éco-systèmes organises the collection of items of equipment at the end of their service life from retailers, local authorities and solidarity networks.
Éco-systèmes selects and carries out controls of its logistical and treatment operators who manage the transportation, the decontamination and the treatment of WEEE.
Éco-systèmes assists electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers to to reduce the environmental footprint of the products they place on the market.
A high value-added virtuous model
Since the birth of the industry, Eco-systèmes advocates a high value-added environmental, technological and social model. This vision contributes in the development of a particularly efficient, innovative and job-creating French recycling industry. Therefore Eco-systèmes is strongly committed to developing activities which redeploy and reuse WEEE provided by the social and solidarity economy.
This model of general public interest also provides a framework for exchanging with producers and introduces dynamic eco-design which integrates aspects of end-of-service life in new products. Eco-systèmes has also been greatly involved in implementing comprehensive controls at the sites of its treatment operators in both decontamination operations and recycling quality.
Eco-systèmes' regulatory objectives
The European WEEE Directive requires that by 2020 every take-back organisation collects the equivalent of 65% of the weight of the appliances placed on the market by its members based on the average of the 3 previous years. In 2016, Eco-systèmes' overall collection rate was 49% for more than 517,000 tonnes of WEEE collected. This corresponds largely to the efforts made by consumers to deposit even more used appliances at collection points.
Recycling and recovery rates
For each electrical and electronic appliance collected, Eco-systèmes extracts the materials that it contains in order to save natural resources, as well as extracting contaminants in order to carefully dispose of these in accordance with the environmental standards in force. The European WEEE Directive imposes minimum recycling and energy recovery rates for take-back organisations. This requirement ensures quality recycling and decontamination operations. Eco-systèmes already exceeds all the target recycling and recovery rates.