The government of France has announced plans to ban fruits and vegetables that are sold in Plastic bottles as of January 01, 2022, as part of its anti-waste law with a view to creating a circular economy with a single use of plastic removed in 2040.
The anti-waste law came into effect in early 2020, and the first stage was a ban on the sale of disposable tableware, including glasses, cups and plates, and cotton swabs in batches. In 2021, the French government expanded this law by banning plastic straws, disposable cutlery, stirrers, lids for takeout cups, styrofoam boxes, and plastic confetti.
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Representing the next step in France’s anti-waste law, plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables weighing less than 1.5 kg will be banned. This will go into effect on January 1st, 2022, but the government says the law will be applied gradually until June 30th, 2026, so manufacturers have time for alter packaging solutions.
Some of the vegetables included in this law will be leeks, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, cauliflower and zucchini, among others. Meanwhile, apples, pears, bananas, oranges, kiwis, lemons, melons, pineapples, and mangoes are some of the fruits that will be incorporated into the anti-waste law.
For salads, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, and chicory, the deadline for disposal of plastic packaging will be shorter, with the ban waiting to be completed by December 31st, 2024. Short-term Al June 30, 2023, will also apply to tomatoes, peaches, and nectarines.
The French government says it expects a 1 billion reduction in packaging per year as a result of the ban. Currently, he estimates that 37% of fresh fruits and vegetables are packaged in plastic.