Plastic Bans

Two French Plastic Bans are in Conflict

The 24 December Decree Contradicts the Law on the Circular Economy.

The December Decree (Décret n° 2019-1451 du 24 décembre 2019) published in the official journal of 27 December, provides the practical details of the ban on certain plastic items such as straws, cutlery, steak spikes, lids and cocktail sticks as from January 1, 2020.

However, a 6 months exemption period is given for products manufactured or imported before January 1, 2020.

The December Decree is the legal document that deals with the practical details of a ban on plastic items set in a law called Energy Transition Law, that was itself Amended by the Egalim Law. Summary of Plastic Bans in France

The Circular Economy Law (also referred to as the Law against Squandering and for the Circular Economy) was adopted in first reading by the French Parliament on 19 December 2019 and mentions that the ban on the same plastic products will start on January 1, 2021. The final vote hasn’t been done yet but they’re close to it.

The French MPs may have to create a new decree to stipulate the practical details of the new Circular Economy Law that is in conflict with the December Decree.

Read Summary of Plastic Bans in France



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24 December Decree


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