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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN FRANCE

French Plastic Bans Explained

France is taking action against single-use problematic plastics. Initial bans were enforced in February 2020 and further regulations have been introduced as part of a multi-year government program to phase out plastic [1].

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law was introduced in 2020 and sets out to achieve core goals: to recycle 100% of plastics by 2025, and phase out single-use plastics by 2040. To achieve these objectives, France is enforcing further bans against single-use plastics over the coming years[2].

We’re staying at the forefront of legislative changes so you can feel confident we’ve got you covered.

Key dates

2021

  • Single-use plastic straws, cups, cutlery and styrofoam takeaway boxes were banned in France from December 2021 [3].

2022

  • Banned plastic packaging for over 30 types of fruits and vegetables in January 2022 [4]
  • Introduced compulsory warnings and prohibited claims for plastic products and packaging [5]
  • Requirement for public spaces to provide water fountains to limit the use of plastic bottles
  • Press and publicity publications to be shipped without plastic wrapping
  • Fast-food restaurants no longer allowed to offer free plastic toys [6].

2023

  • Banned disposable packaging in fast-food restaurants for meals consumed on site from 1 January 2023 [7]
  • Requirement for restaurants and cafes to replace disposable boxes with paper wrappers for eat-in burgers and sandwiches. Other foods like pizzas, cakes, nuggets and ice cream will be served on plates or in reusable containers [8]
  • Additionally, the Circular Economy Law established the following targets:
    • 2023: A proportion of 5% of reused packaging put on the market (10% in 2027)
    • 2025: 100% of plastics must be recycled and 77% of plastic bottles for beverages must be collected (90% in 2029) [9]. 

2025

  • Any business that sells cross-border to consumers in France is required to register their packaging with a French recycling scheme
  • Companies will begin to pay less for their recyclable packaging [10].

Enforcement & Penalties

The French Government and Environment Ministry are implementing and enforcing regulations, with the support of President Emmanual Macron [12].

Further details regarding penalties for non-compliance are to be advised.

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