The Government is committed to moving out of an all-disposable society to enter that of a reusable one.
Several texts have been voted in this direction in recent years.
A concrete example: since 2017, it is forbidden to distribute disposable plastic bags. The anti-waste bill for a circular economy wants to go further with new bans, which will take effect in January 2020.
2020-2021: REMOVAL OF SEVERAL DAILY PRODUCTS
Cotton swabs, straws, tumblers, glasses, cutlery, plates, twirls, lids for takeaway cups and boxes made of expanded polystyrene (such as kebab boxes) will no longer be sold.
The anti-waste bill for a circular economy plans to deploy bulk devices by 2021, forcing sellers to accept containers brought by the consumer.
A bonus-penalty will encourage manufacturers to limit plastic over wrapping, at the risk of receiving a financial penalty.
FROM 2022: NEW PROHIBITIONS FOR INDUSTRY AND RESTORATION
The bill also provides for the prohibition of free distribution of plastic bottles in public and business places. All will have to be equipped with water fountains.
In addition, sponsors will no longer be able to impose the use of their bottles in cultural, sporting or festive events.
To finish with the 180,000 tonnes of packaging produced each year in France by the fast food sector, it will be mandatory to serve meals taken on site in non-disposable dishes.
Plastic tea bags will also disappear from our daily lives.
2040: A TARGET OF ZERO PLASTIC PACKAGING
Tubes of toothpaste, detergent cans, yoghurt pots or bottles of shampoo …
All these disposable plastics will no longer be part of our daily life in 2040.
However, it is now a question of putting France on a trajectory, in order to gradually remove these plastics to reach zero disposable plastic.
These radical changes cannot be made without essential programming.
These delays are necessary to change the behavior of consumers, to mobilize the chains of production of these packaging, the distributors who need it today, as well as the researchers who will eventually work on alternative solutions.
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