For the first time in the world, a country decides to impose a time limit on the production of plastic cutlery, plates and glasses. Thanks to a new law, in fact, France will extend to all the objects just mentioned the prohibition already in force regarding the use of plastic bags in supermarkets. The provision is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act and aims to prevent waste production.
The ban, which aims at the exclusive use of objects made with easily recyclable and biodegradable materials, will come into force in 2020 and will initially concern the cutlery distributed in fast-food and glasses of vending machines.
Although the news was enthusiastically received by environmentalists, there have been many criticisms of this decision.
The first to arrive were those of the Pack2Go Europe association, which brings together all producers of food containers, whose secretary general Eamonn Bates has commented saying that he will appeal to the European Commission as it violates the existing laws on the circulation of goods food.
Other doubts come from those who explain that replacing plates, glasses and plastic cutlery with objects made of bioplastic does not represent a definitive solution, either because in order to produce the latter, however, large quantities of energy are consumed, but above all because if produced from products agricultural products like corn, could in the future come to affect the availability of foodstuffs.
The problem of pollution due to the processing of this material and the incorrect dispersion of waste, however, remains great, as is the need to intervene in some way. France claims to want to be a model country in the prevention of waste production that characterizes the circular economy, it remains to be seen what other EU countries will do in this regard and whether the measure will actually be adopted.