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What are the 5 pillars of AGEC's anti-waste and circular economy law?

The 5 pillars of the AGEC anti-waste and circular economy law applied to the construction sector



The AGEC (Anti-Waste and Circular Economy) law, adopted in France in 2020, aims to significantly reduce waste and promote the circular economy. Among its many components, one specifically concerns the building and construction (BTP) sector.


The aim of this article is to summarize the 5 main points of the AGEC law that affect the building and civil engineering sector, in order to help players in this sector better understand and comply with these new provisions.



1. Out with disposable plastic:

The ban on certain single-use plastic products, such as plates, cups, cutlery and straws, also applies to construction and renovation sites. This implies the use of sustainable alternatives, such as reusable or biodegradable utensils.


2. Better consumer information :

Building professionals need to provide clear and transparent information to consumers about the construction products they use, in terms of their durability, repairability and end-of-life options. This can be done via information sheets, labels or digital tools.


3. Combating waste and promoting solidarity-based reuse :

The AGEC law encourages the reuse of building materials from demolition or renovation sites. This involves setting up efficient collection, sorting and reclamation systems, as well as promoting the use of recycled building materials.


4. Taking action against programmed obsolescence :

Building product manufacturers need to design products that are durable and repairable, in order to extend their lifespan and limit the amount of waste generated. This means using quality materials, modular design and providing easily accessible spare parts.


5. Better production :

All players in the construction and public works sector are encouraged to adopt more environmentally responsible practices, by reducing their energy and water consumption, using bio-sourced materials and limiting waste production.


The AGEC law represents a major change for the construction industry, which must now adapt to a more circular and sustainable economy. By understanding the 5 main thrusts of this law and implementing the necessary measures, players in the building and civil engineering sector can contribute to preserving the environment and building a more sustainable future.

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