Plastic Bans

Summary of Plastic Bans in France

Here's a summary of all the plastic bans in France.

The Energy Transition Law

The Energy Transition Law of 17 August 2015 introduces the ban on single-use plastic cups, glasses, plates except if they are packaging.

Egalim Law

The Egalim Law of 30 October 2018 is called “Law for balanced commercial relations in the agricultural and food sector; and  healthy and sustainable food (Loi n° 2018-938 pour l’équilibre des relations commerciales dans le secteur agricole et alimentaire et une alimentation saine, durable et accessible à tous).

This law is also called Egalim Law, Food Law,  Food Law 2018, Agriculture and Food Law).

The Egalim law modified the law of 2015 and adds more plastic items to be banned: straws, cutlery, meat sticks, lids, trays, ice cream pots, cocktail mixers.

The Environmental Code

Article L541-10-5 of the environmental Code regulates plastic bags and tableware. However, that article was modified by article 28 of the Egalim Law

The Decree of 24 or 27 December 2019

The Decree of 24 December sets the practical details of the above mentioned plastic bans. It says that the above plastic items will be banned as from 1st January 2020.

The December decree gives the practical details of Article L 541-10-5 of the environmental Code.

The decree defines the conditions for applying the ban and defines each banned plastic item.

It introduces the concept of “single use plastics”.

It gives an exemption for home compostable products and for products wholly or partially made of bio-based materials.

It indicates that packaging is not affected by the ban until July 3, 2021.

  • Exemptions of the decree of 24 December

Six months exemption period to sell banned items that have been produced or imported before 1 January 2020.

Exemption period for compostable products and products made of bio-based materials with a minimum 50 % bio-based content until July 3, 2021

The Circular Economy Bill

This bill is currently being discussed in the French Parliament.

It will provide a new definition for “single-use plastic” and will extend the list of banned products.

More Bans on 1st Jan 2020

The Decree of 6 March 2017 introduces the ban on plastic cotton buds as from the 1st January 2020.

The Law of 2 October 2018 introduces the ban on plastic water bottles in schools as from 1st January 2020



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