Have you read the “Guide of the recycling and eco-conception of composites”?

The “Guide of the recycling and eco-conception of composites”

During the JEC World 2022, the “Guide of the recycling and eco-conception of composites” was published on behalf of the ADEME. This agency aims to enable its various interlocutors to progress in their environmental approach. Environmental issues are increasingly important, which has led to a new version of the guide.

Driven by the growing desire of manufacturers to engage a circular economy dynamic, three French Industrial Technical Centres active in the Composites (CETIM, IFTH, IPC) have combined their skills to write an informative guide with plenty of explanations and data.

Any professionals interested in recycling composites should read this Guide to take informed decisions regarding the choices available to undertake the recycling actions that the matter requires. It presents an exhaustive inventory of the recycling of composites in France in 2022 (no english version available).

There are indeed various options for recycling composite waste. Fairmat is featured in the mechanical section.

Guide of recycling and eco conception of composite - ADEME library

But what do the waste management regulations say about composites?

The European Community established a Waste Framework Directive n°2008/98/CEC on 19 November 2008. So it provides a legal framework for waste treatment and basic concepts and definitions for waste management. It also develops a principle called “Extended Producer Responsibility” (EPR).


The objectives of the regulations set by the various EPRs are:

  • saving resources by developing recycling and increasing the performance of waste recycling
  • relieving local and regional authorities of all or part of the costs of waste management and transfer the taxpayer’s financing to the consumer
  • internalizing in the selling price of the new product the costs of managing this product at the end of life to encourage manufacturers to engage in an eco-design approach
  • extending a product’s life, highlighting eco-design, repair, and reuse.

More and more industrial sectors using composites are subject to EPR. Indeed, producers are considered responsible for the entire product life cycle, from its design to its end of life.

In France, the AGEC law (2020) announces accelerating the production and consumption model change to limit waste and preserve resources. It profoundly transforms the organization system of the EPR systems: it is no longer a matter of treating waste generated but of preventing it.

Read the complete Guide