The sector's performance depends largely on the principal of shared responsibility amongst the private agri-supply companies.
Users, mainly farmers, must prepare and store products at the end of their life cycle, and then bring back their waste packaging to specific depots on dates set by their distributors.
250,000 contributing users
The Chambers of Agriculture and other organisations,which are endorsed by the FNSEA network, support distributor activities, and contribute to the organisation and information of collections, either on a departmental or regional scale. Thanks to this collaboration, the number of participants getting involved in the collections is constantly rising.
Chambers of Agriculture :
The Chambers of Agriculture are public bodies run by elected representatives and represent the whole of the rural and agricultural world. The main activities of the Chambers include: endorsing agricultural companies, agronomy and the environment; local and district development; setting up quality schemes for products and supporting the industry in general.
FNSEA Network :
The FNSEA has been bringing together all regions and all agricultural production in France since 1946 and today, unites approximately 70% of French farmers.
Based on innovative and sustainable agriculture, the FNSEA unites farmers who carry out the three principal functions of their profession: 1) Production: provide healthy and quality products to the consumer 2) Territorial: manage the open green spaces, work the land and preserve the countryside and natural resources 3) Social: create employment and animate rural communities.
These are types of cooperative companies that allow farmers to share their resources in order to acquire agricultural material. There are more tahn 12,000 CUMA companies in France (2007).
GVAs are popular agricultural associations initiated by the FNSEA. In 2009, there were 1,650 farms subscribed which represents nearly 3,200 farmers in France.