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France will ban plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables.

By Geert De Clercq | Reuters

Paris – France will ban plastic packaging for almost all fruits and vegetables from January 2022 to reduce plastic waste.

Implementing the February 2020 law, the government published a list of about 30 fruits and vegetables that will have to be sold without plastic packaging from January 1.

“We use provocative quantities of single-use plastics in our daily lives. The purpose of the circular economy law is to reduce the use of disposable plastics and promote alternatives to other materials or reusable and recycled packaging. Is.

It estimates that 37% of fruits and vegetables are sold with packaging and the move is expected to prevent more than one billion waste plastic packaging items each year.

Francois Roach, president of the French Fruit Sellers Federation, said it would be difficult to replace cardboard in such a short time.

“Also, selling loose produce is complicated because many customers start touching the fruit and people don’t want their fruit to fall into the hands of other customers,” he said.

The packaging ban is part of a multi-year government program to eliminate plastics. Since 2021, France has banned plastic straws, cups and cutlery, as well as styrofoam takeaway boxes.

Chopped fruits and a limited number of delicate fruits and vegetables can still be sold with plastic packaging but will be phased out by the end of June 2026.

Plastic packaging for cherry tomatoes, green beans and peaches will be banned by the end of June 2023, and by the end of 2024, andis, asparagus, mushrooms, some salads and herbs, as well as cherries will be banned.

By the end of June 2026, raspberries, strawberries and other delicate berries should be sold without plastic.

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