In early 2021, after a terrible 2020, the government began looking for solutions to replenish its coffers. One of them in particular has split, the famous bill introducing a tax on recycled products.
On the one hand we find Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture, who supports the idea of assigning a tax to refurbished smartphones. On the other hand, Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological and Integrative Transition, and Cédric O, State Secretary for Digital, firmly reject this tax.
On May 18, Back Market, the main French player in recycling, announced a € 276 million raise in funds. Thanks to this, Back Market officially joins the very closed circle of French unicorns alongside BlaBlaCar, Deezer, Voodoo, Alan or even Doctolib.
It wasn’t time to celebrate at the Back Market, however. Thibaud Hug de Larauze, the company’s CEO, expressed his anger by stating that he no longer supports the contradicting speech by the French government, which aims to present itself as a leader in Europe on the verge of ecological change, but is focusing on the same tax the circular economy.
On June 10, the National Assembly will vote on whether or not to introduce this tax on remanufactured cell phones and tablets. Pending the final judgment, the Private Copy Remuneration Commission relied on a study by the GFK Institute to determine the possible level of these license fees.
For refurbished smartphones with more than 8 GB of storage space:
Strictly more than 8 GB and less than or equal to 16 GB: € 4.8. Strictly more than 16 GB and less than or equal to 32 GB: 6 €. Strictly speaking, greater than 32 GB and less than or equal to 64 GB: € 7.2. Beyond 64 GB: € 8.4.
For refurbished tablets with more than 8 GB of storage space:
Strictly more than 8 GB and less than or equal to 16 GB: € 5.2. Strictly speaking, larger than 16 GB and smaller or equal to 32 GB: € 6.5. Strictly speaking, greater than 32 GB and less than or equal to 64 GB: € 7.8. Over 64 GB: 9.1 €.