France cracks down on circumvention of EPS ban

In addition to the ban on certain single-use products consisting of expanded polystyrene (EPS) already laid down in national law, France wants to ban similar single-use products made partly or entirely of extruded PS or made of expanded or extruded polypropylene (PP). This affects packaging for food to be consumed on-site or on-the-go . The French Ministry of the Environment presented a draft of the decree to the EU Commission on 18 March. The standstill period ends on 20 June 2022.

According to the explanatory memorandum, the ban on EPS food packaging for in-restaurant or take-away use included in the national "AGEC" law of 10 February 2020 has led to the development of alternative plastic-free solutions...

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