2025 is going to be an important year for France. Until then the country wants to completely give up non-recyclable plastic, as an Environment Ministry official stated. Therefore, the government plans to start a penalty-system in 2019, which will increase the costs for non-recycled packaging.
Junior Environment Minister, Brune Poirson wants to introduce a deposit-refund scheme for plastic bottles, similar to the ones that can be already found in other European countries such as Sweden, Norway or Germany.
“When there’s a choice between two bottles, one made of recycled plastic and the other without, the first will be less expensive,” she said. Following this plan would mean that recycled plastic packaging could cost around 10 percent less than packaging containing non-recycled plastic, as she explained.
Another point of the new regulation will be a tax increase on burying trash in landfills while decreasing taxes for recycling movements and operations. This way the government hopes to reduce the huge amount of plastic that is ending up in the sea.
France recycles just around 25 percent of its plastic packaging waste, that is the second worst recycling rate within European countries. Compared to that, countries like the Netherlands or Germany have a recycling rate of around 50%.
In a sign of growing public awareness about the problem, several countries including France started to experience the so called ‘plastic attacks’ – where customers throw all their plastic packaging of their bought goods in front of the store to show how much unnecessary plastic is used.
Globally, plastic production has increased more than 40 percent over the past 10 years, yet still just 9 percent of it is recycled.