At the forefront of the ‘war on plastics’, France has taken a vow to abolish non-recyclable plastics by 2025.
Secretary of state for ecological transition, Brune Poirson, recently announced plans to introduce a penalty system for non-recyclable plastics. Products that contain non-recyclable plastics in their packaging will incur a penalty fee, increasing their cost to around 10c or more when compared to a similar product that has recyclable plastic packaging. France is also looking to introduce a deposit-refund scheme (much like the ones available in Australia) for recyclable plastic bottles, further encouraging consumers to recycle where possible.
France is already way ahead of many of its European counterparts. The country has already banned plastic bags in its major supermarkets, and, according to the magazine 60 Million Consumers, already recycles up to 25% of its plastic.
Speaking to French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, Ms Poirson stated, “Declaring war on plastic is not enough. We need to transform the French economy.”
“When there’s a choice between two bottles, one made of recycled plastic and the other without, the first will be less expensive,”
Despite the options to recycle items such as plastic bottles, some plastic items (such as plastic yoghurt pots) are still manufactured from non-recyclable plastics – showing that there’s still a long road ahead.
The French government has already placed a ban on the sale of plastic straws by 2020, is looking to increase taxes for burying waste in landfills and decrease taxes on recycling schemes, whilst also looking for ways to tackle the ocean’s rising plastic problem.