France Has Just Done the Environment a Solid, Will Ban All Plastic Plates and Cups

The bans will come into place by 2020.
Lauren Vadnjal
Published on September 19, 2016

In the long list of things we need to do to help the environment, cutting down on the amount of plastic that end up in landfill is right up there. Many countries including France, Italy, Ethiopia and South Africa have already banned single-use plastic bags, but France has just passed legislation that goes one step further. The European country will place a ban on plastic plates, cups and cutlery from 2020.

Yep, all those Parisians picnicking at the Tuileries will see themselves dining differently in the park over the next four years — under the new rules, all disposable dinnerware will have to be made of biologically-sourced materials and have the ability to be composted. This includes plastic plates, plastic cutlery, plastic glasses, plastic dishes for takeaway meals, and even plastic cups in coffee machines. They're the first country in the world to introduce such a ban.

Naturally, packaging and plastic manufacturers are none to happy with the French government's decision to implement the ban, claiming that it violates European Union's rules on free movement of goods, according to The Associated Press. They're also arguing that there's "no proof" bio-sourced disposable cutlery is any better for the environment.

Either way, France — who also hosted last year's Paris Climate Change Conference — is doing its bit in making legislative changes to help the environment. By contrast, in Australia only Tasmania, South Australia, ACT and the NT have bans on single-use plastic bags in place at the moment — the bigger states are yet to commit to one.

Via The Associated Press

Published on September 19, 2016 by Lauren Vadnjal
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