France banned plastic cups and Cutlery

The lunch half an interesting challenge, which is to hold a piece of quiche, three sausage rolls and a sandwich with crushed potato chips on precariously balanced plastic plate, at the same time clumsily pricking the rebellious tomato-cherry disposable wilkolaski.

However, plastic Cutlery and disposable cups of warm Chardonnay for those who go on picnics in France, may soon become a distant memory. In mid-September it became clear that disposable cups, plates, knives and forks will be banned throughout the country to reduce the production of plastics and pollution from waste.

This measure is established by the law On "energy transition for green growth", which was adopted in the country in 2015, and came into force last month. However, this measure will be only in 2020 that will give manufacturers time to ensure the future production of disposable products from materials of biological origin, which will also be biodegradable. According to The Local, currently in France, throw away 4,73 billion plastic cups a year, and only 1 percent of them is recycled.

This could be good news for the environment, but not everyone in France is happy.

While chatting with the Associated Press Pack2Go, Brussels organisation European manufacturers of convenience packaging, has accused the French government in violation of European Union law on the free movement of goods.

Eamonn Bates, Secretary General of Pack2Go, said: "We urge the European Commission to do the right thing and go to court with a lawsuit against the French in breach of European legislation. If it does not, we will do that".



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The French Ministry of ecology has not yet responded to the comments of Pack2Go, but the ban appears to be finally approved in the framework of the continuous efforts of France to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 50 percent by 2025. In February the country was also introduced laws requiring supermarkets to donate unsold products to charities, and in July banned disposable plastic bags.

A little more than a heavy picnic basket is perhaps a small price to pay for saving the environment.published


Author: Daisy Meagher




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