The country's slow transposition of the 1991 directive led the European Commission to threaten legal action in 1997 (ENDS Daily 27 March 1997), but this never materialised.
The new law is backed up by a threat of fines, and it also requires producers to work jointly with importers and distributors to create waste management chains for all relevant products. The French press has reported that some retail chains have already taken steps to implement the law by introducing battery bins in their shops.
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