Mandatory Composting: When and How Should You Do It?

This is provided for by the anti-waste law: composting will become compulsory for all citizens. How will this change happen? From when do we have to equip? Answers to all your questions about mandatory composting.

  Mandatory Composting: When and How Should You Do It?

Bio-waste represents a third of the contents of French people's trash. For this lost organic matter to be recovered and contribute to the circular economy, the composting will become mandatory . Who is affected by this measure? When will composting be compulsory? Here's what you need to know to prepare.

What does the law say about mandatory composting?

The anti-waste law for a circular economy of February 10, 2020 aims to transform our system into 130 articles against waste in different forms. In addition to the removal of plastic, the law provides for the generalization of source sorting of bio-waste. Since 2016, professionals producing more than 10 tonnes of bio-waste per year must sort it and recover it by composting or methanisation. From 1 is January 2023, it is the professionals producing more than 5 tons before a generalization to all waste producers . To notice that sorting at source for each citizen could take the form of several solutions:

  • the home composting with individual composters
  • the shared composting with composters at the foot of buildings or in neighborhoods.

The collection of bio-waste by the communities will then be separated from the rest of the trash cans.


When will composting be mandatory?

Individuals will be affected by mandatory composting from 1 is January 2024 . If nothing is yet mandatory, some municipalities already offer separate collection of bio-waste such as Lille, Bordeaux, Rennes or Clermont-Ferrand.

How to get a free composter?

Do you want to start composting without waiting for the measure to become mandatory? Be aware that many municipalities are already encouraging the implementation of composting in order to be ready when the obligation comes into force. Some propose in this sense free composters . You can request it from the 'environment' department of your town hall .

What will the waste be used for?

The interest of local composting? First of all limit waste management by local authorities in order to reduce energy expenditure . On the practical side, the waste can be used by individuals as potting soil in order to limit purchases of organic amendment . On a larger scale, bio-waste can be transformed into biogas .