Plastic Bans

French Parliament Targets Fast Food in SUP Directive

An amendment to ban single-use plastics by 2023 in the catering and fast food business has been adopted by the French Parliament.

An explosive amendment adopted by the Committee on Sustainable Development and Planning of the French National Assembly will profoundly change habits and economic model of a significant part of commercial catering industry if the text is not amended by the MPs or any other means.

The Amendment states:

By 1 January 2023 at the latest, companies engaged in commercial catering activities shall be required to serve meals and beverages consumed on the premises of the establishment in cups, including their means of closure and lids, cutlery, plates and reusable containers . ”

In summary, for take-away (= outside the premise), single-use packaging can continue to be used but for all consumption on site, it will no longer be possible.

The summary statement shows that it is especially fast food that is targeted:

” The purpose of this amendment is to prohibit, from 1 January 2023, the provision by fast food operators of containers, cutlery and single-use packaging for meals and beverages consumed on the spot. The purpose is to reduce waste at the source and plastic consumption, because out-of-home consumption, particularly fast food, is important in France. This should be seen in the context of the reduction of SUP in France . ”

You will notice that if one of the motives is to reduce the “consumption of plastic material”, the adopted text aims at all the disposable packaging, plastic or not. Likewise, the summary talks about fast food while the adopted text is about commercial catering as a whole.

It is worth remembering that commercial catering is not just the big chains of well-known fast food restaurants.

Many bakeries, sandwich shops, etc. are used for on-site catering and are owned by small and medium-sized businesses, most of them family-owned.

These companies will have to provide dishes and hard cutlery (= reusable but also breakable because it will be in metal, glass and ceramics) and the material and human means to wash it without counting the costs related to water, detergents and electricity etc.

Instead of thinking about setting up a separate sorting for a real collection and recycling of waste in the restoration (which is sorely lacking today), we choose the radical solution of the ban.

The angry question: Who will pay for all these extra costs?

REFS

Published on plastalliance.org. This was written by Alliance Plasturgie et Composites et Futur

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