Only shopping bags will be banned in France from 2012 (not 2010 as wanted MPs) decided the SenateConvinced by the plastics lobby it would be technologically impossible to replace by then other containers (bottles, cups, films, etc.) with biodegradable materials.
"The industry could have met this challengeYet protests Sphere, French group leader eurppéen packaging.
The cash bags represent only 15% of all the plastic bags used, ie 50 000 tons on the 400 000 tonnes produced per year in France. "
350 000 tonnes of non-biodegradable bags will therefore continue to be landfilled each year.
According Sciences et Avenir, January 2006