New French anti-waste law ‘is doomed to failure’

A dry waste collection at Châteauroux, Indre, which has resulted in a higher recycling rate than using other systems

MPs are set to discuss a new anti-waste law this autumn to improve France’s record as one of the poorest recycling countries in Western Europe.

The plan is to advance the country’s stated aim of 100% recycled plastic by 2025.

One of the key points of the loi anti-gaspillage is to reintroduce a money-back system on bottles from the shop where they were bought.

The government has said it is still studying how this should be implemented and whether it could include glass, cans and batteries.

To prevent destruction of unsold goods, the law would make it illegal to destroy new non-food items, which instead will have to be recycled or given away. Electrical appliances, bathroom products and textiles are the biggest culprits.

At present, manufacturers are responsible for financing what happens to a list of products at the end of their life and contribute, for example, to the collection ...

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