The French Decree No. 2005-829 of July 20th 2005, transposing the European Directive 2002/96/EC, requires producers (manufacturers, importers, retailers under their brand) the responsibility of financing and organizing the collection and the treatment of waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Household WEEE or similar will be collected mainly from civic amenities and distributors, under the take back principle "one for one" of an old device while a new one is sold. Retailers are allowed to join with a compliance scheme which will then pick up the collected WEEE. Retailers considered as producers can also sign a membership contract with a compliance scheme.
"During the sale of household electrical and electronic equipment, the distributor freely takes back, or has a third party freely take back on its behalf, the used electrical and electronic equipment that the consumer transfers to it, up to the limit of the quantity and type of equipment sold."