FRANCE IN 2040 WILL PROHIBIT PLASTICS FOR A SINGLE USE.
LOI n° 2020-105 du 10 février 2020 relative à la lutte contre le gaspillage et à l’économie circulaire (1).
Summary of the established calendar:
Single-use products such as coffee cups or hot drinks and their lids, spoons, straws, polystyrene containers, etc. will be prohibited.
In companies the bottles of drinks that are dispensed to their employees must be reusable.
A network of public drinking water sources will be created to reduce the consumption of plastic bottles.
They will be prohibited, among others, plastic tea bags, plastic containers in fruits and vegetables weighing less than 1.5 kg and plastic toys distributed free of charge in fast food restaurants.
The sale of magazines or newspapers wrapped in plastic bags will also be prohibited.
Plastic bank credit cards will be prohibited, unless expressly requested by the customer
Fast food restaurants may not use single-use plastics to serve customers who consume products locally.
Supermarkets will be obliged to offer the option of selling in bulk to replace packaged products.
100% recycling of plastic bottles.
Mono use plastics prohibited.
PLASTIC RECYCLING RATE OF SOME COUNTRIES (Source: The Circular Economy for Plastics – A European Overview)
In Catalonia, the Generalitat prohibits the use of single-use, non-reusable containers and utensils, including glasses, plates, cutlery, bottles, etc., or alternatively, those made with compostable products and materials are established.
This measure will also affect vending, catering and catering vending machines.
Other governments such as Scotland, Valencia and the Balearic Islands have enacted similar measures to prohibit the use of single-use plastic products, including coffee capsules.
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