French parliament adopts textiles "ecotax"

Reuse and recycling to receive financial support from levy on clothing, linen and shoes

France will impose a tax of about €0.10 per kilo on new textile products from 1 January 2007. The measure was tabled following complaints by charities involved in clothing collection that their work was being threatened by growing imports from China. It was confirmed by the upper house on 3 December. Revenues will go to groups involved in collection, reuse and recycling of textiles. Before the vote environment minister Nelly Olin urged the senate to reject the proposal, arguing it would "jeopardise" France's domestic clothing industry. See French senate, plus amendment and debate.

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