France will ban plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetable products from January 1, 2022, aiming to reduce waste, the French Environment Ministry said on October 11, 2020. plastic waste.

Locals buy fruits and vegetables in a small market in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France, April 1, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

Specifically, the French government has announced a list of about 30 fruits and vegetables that will be sold without plastic packaging from January 1, including leeks, eggplants, tomatoes, apples, bananas and oranges.

This is one of the steps to concretize the anti-waste and circular economy law passed by France in 2020.

“We are using too many single-use plastic products in our daily activities. The circular economy law aims to reduce the use of single-use plastics and promote replacement with other materials or packaging that can be reused and recycled,” said the French Environment Ministry.

The agency estimates that about 37% of fruit and vegetable products are being sold in packaging, and expects the ban to prevent more than a billion products in plastic packaging each year. year.

The packaging ban is part of a years-long program by the French government to phase out plastic. By 2021, France has banned plastic straws, cups and cutlery, as well as styrofoam containers.

Currently, pre-cut fruits and berries are still allowed to be sold in plastic packaging but will be phased out by the end of June 2026.

From the end of June 2023, plastic packaging will be officially banned for cherry tomatoes, green beans and peaches, followed by chicory, asparagus, mushrooms, lettuce, herbs and cherries. from the end of 2024. By the end of June 2026, the ban will apply to raspberries, strawberries and other berries.

From 2022, public spaces must have fountains to reduce the use of plastic bottles; Newspaper publications cannot be shipped in plastic packaging, while fast-food restaurants will not be allowed to provide free plastic toys.

From January 2023, France will also ban disposable crockery in fast food restaurants for meals served on-site.

Source: Nhan Dan

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