France becomes first country to ban plastic cups and plates

Posted on:05 Oct 2016 18:05:44
France becomes first country to ban plastic cups and plates
05 October 2016 Current Affairs: France has become the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates.

The country has passed a law in September 2016 that will go into effect in January 2020. The law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials that can be composted at home. That number will rise to 60% by January of 2025.

The measure is an addition to France's Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, a wide-reaching law adopted in 2015 with the aim of mitigating the impact of climate change.

In July 2016, France imposed a total ban on the distribution of lightweight plastic bags at supermarket checkouts.

Energy Transition for Green Growth Act : France enacted its Energy Transition for Green Growth Bill on 17 August 2015 following an initial presentation at the 2012 environmental conference and nation-wide public consultation in 2013.

The Act lays out a roadmap for transforming France's energy model without hampering growth.

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