Only cash bags will be banned in France from 2012 (and not 2010 as wanted by the deputies) decided the Senateconvinced by the plastic lobby that it would be technologically impossible to replace other packaging (bottles, cups, films, etc.) by then with biodegradable materials.
“The industry could have taken up this challenge, protests Sphere, however, French group leader in European packaging.
Checkout bags represent only 15% of all plastic bags used, ie 50 tonnes out of the 000 tonnes produced per year in France. "
350 000 tons of non-biodegradable bags will therefore continue to be buried each year.
According to Sciences et Avenir, January 2006