What's in store for the sector?

The majority of the sectors said to be the responsibility of producers have become monopolies in France. The specific nature of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sector that involves several waste management organizations can, essentially, be explained by producers wishing to guarantee a plural virtuous system, ecologically-speaking, for citizens and financiers. Plurality is moreover mandatory in the vast majority of European Union member states.

Deservedly so! What we can learn from precedents in the packaging sector, with excessive quotas taken from members generating financial excess that did not match the sector's needs, was sufficiently constructive for the major WEEE producers to decide to set up their own waste management organization.

This was how ERP came about.

Are the smear campaign and repeated attacks on ERP France for months now trying to prevent a German player from entering the French market in the form of the Landbell Group?

Even though abiding by French regulations has always been, is and will be an absolute priority as guaranteed by the Landbell eco-organization on many occasions.

Are the successive, wide-ranging actions to refuse to authorize ERP France aiming to restrict healthy rivalry whilst an almost monopolistic situation is taking its grip on the WEEE sector?

Even though fighting monopolies and bought situations seems to be a hard line in the Government's current policy...

What interests are at stake in this matter?

Can we reasonably "let it go" and let this type of anti-German campaign take hold to the detriment of a plural sector that, as everyone knows, is a synonym for healthy rivalry and innovation. Whilst French and European targets mean that from 2016, collection rates will grow substantially.

When the Ecology Minister, Ségolène Royal, is concerned about the fate of hundreds of workers in the AIM abattoirs, can we expect ERP France employees to be treated in the same way? Should we sadly expect to go down the same path as Ecomouv workers?

When the Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron, is touting himself as the ambassador for foreign investors, are we being led to understand that a German investor is not welcome in France today?

Is it by attacking foreign investment and - step by step - building monopolies that we are going to pull off the initiatives that the environment and French society need so much?

To sum up, do we wish to give ourselves every chance to satisfy the ecological and environmental ambitions that we have set for our country; tackling the issues involved in the circular economy for our country and our co-citizens?

That is the question.

ERP France is not compromising this ambition and wishes to support this entire sector's excellence and its lasting, qualitative development.

And you, Mr President, how do you see its future?

Christophe PAUTRAT
President ERP France