France bans plastic around fruits and vegetables

This ban concerns around thirty types of fruit and vegetables. The measure will save more than a billion plastic packaging per year.

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BSoon finished, courgettes in trays: from 2022, many unprocessed fresh fruits and vegetables can no longer be sold in plastic in France, with tolerances until 2026 for the most fragile such as red fruits, according to a government press release. Monday.

For vegetables, leeks, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, round tomatoes, onions, turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, parsnip, radish, Jerusalem artichokes, root vegetables must be on the shelves without plastic packaging. .

For fruits, apples, pears, oranges, clementines, kiwis, mandarins, lemons, grapefruits, plums, melons, pineapples, mangoes, passion fruit and persimmons are affected by the ban.

One billion unnecessary packaging every year

While 37% of fruits and vegetables are now sold in packaging, the measure targeting thirty of them “should avoid more than a billion unnecessary plastic packaging each year”, hopes the government.

The three signatory ministries (Economy, Ecological Transition, Agriculture and Food) note in their press release that the date of entry into force is set for January 1, 2022 “as provided for by the law on the fight against waste and the economy circular of February 2020, known as the AGEC law ”.

For fruits and vegetables “presenting a significant risk of deterioration of their sale in bulk”, the decree grants until June 30, 2026 to find alternative solutions. Thus certain varieties of tomatoes (rib, long, cherry or cocktail), early onions and turnips, Brussels sprouts, green beans, grapes, peaches, nectarines and apricots will have a right to plastic until June 30, 2023.

As for vegetables, endives, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, potatoes and early carrots, salad, lamb’s lettuce, young shoots, aromatic herbs, spinach, sorrel, edible flowers, and mung bean sprouts can remain in plastic until December 31, 2024 As well as cherries, cranberries, cranberries and physalis.

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