THE PANDEMIC ENCOURAGED CONSUMPTION BUT NOT THE FIGHT AGAINST PLASTICS

According to research published on the occasion of the European Week for Waste Reduction, restaurants that offer “takeaway food” are responsible for most plastic waste pollution.

Results research were published as part of the celebration of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), which was held from 20-28. November 2021

The report recalls several provisions of the law that are intended to reduce waste from restaurants that offer “takeaway food” and encourage reuse. Thus, there is a provision according to which customers can be allowed to use their own reusable or permanent food and beverage packaging, and to be granted a discount when customers use them.

Poor law enforcement

The survey was first conducted by surveying 42 fast food chains in France, of which only six responded (Exki, Pomme de Pain, Steak’n Shake, Paul, Starbucks and McDonald’s), which sufficiently indicates poor law enforcement.

“Fast food chains that participated in the survey implemented some of the measures provided by the new law or presented ‘hygienic’ arguments for refusing to use reusable or permanent food packaging for customers,” the report said. This was confirmed during additional field research conducted in 102 restaurants.

Indeed, in the restaurants of fast food chains, it is still difficult to implement the service of selling food and drinks in packaging brought by customers, and even less is the granting of discounts to customers who use them.

Results research thus they show an obvious gap between what is prescribed by law and what is really happening on the ground, and the provisions of the new law are very poorly applied.

No Plastic In My Sea therefore advises consumers to be well informed about their rights, but also recommends the introduction of a deposit system on “takeaway” containers and cooperation of restaurants and fast food chains with manufacturers of reusable and durable food and beverage packaging.

However, there are examples of good practice. Recall, the City of Paris, in cooperation with the startup company La Consigne GreenGo, this year launched a new “zero waste” project which aims to solve the problem of accumulation of packaging waste. Since every day in the French capital, as much as 15 tons of this type of waste is collected, in the project “Paris 10 gets carried away” Numerous restaurants and shops got involved and accepted the challenge of replacing disposable plastic packaging with a sustainable solution. It is about the introduction of a system of bail on glass plates with hermetic closure, and this practice should soon spread throughout Paris.

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