SINGAPORE: France will become the first country in the world to ban non-biodegradable plastic cutlery, cups and plates when a new law takes effect in 2020.
The legislation comes as part of the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act which seeks to “cut the energy used in making plastic as well the waste and pollution produced”, reported The Local.
Every year, only 1 per cent of plastic cups are recycled in France with 4.73 billion thrown away, according to the French Association of Health and Environment. Cups, plates and cutlery made of compostable, biosourced materials will be exempt from the new ruling.
In July, plastic bags were banned in French stores and supermarkets.
“This ban is to make France an exemplary nation in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying its energy model and increasing the deployment of renewable energy sources,” said French President Francois Hollande.
The ban faces a legal challenge from Pack2Go Europe, an association of packaging manufacturers based in Brussels.