The anti-waste and circular economy law (AGEC law) relating to the fight against waste proposes the exit of a linear economy to enter a circular model aiming as its name indicates to limit waste by reducing the production of plastic waste.
The AGEC law mentions that "as of January 1, 2023, food service establishments are required to serve beverages and meals consumed on the premises of the establishment in reusable cups, including their closures and lids, plates and containers as well as reusable cutlery.
This law will also make it possible to completely end the use of single-use plastic packaging by the year 2040, but also to promote reuse, fight against programmed obsolescence and produce better.
Which restaurants are affected by the measures of the AGEC law?For the restaurant owners, several questions arise and even if for the moment these measures concern only the on-site catering, solutions for alternative containers should be found soon for take-away sales.
Indeed, all restaurants with more than twenty seats, including the terrace, are concerned by the new measures. Non-compliance with this law is punishable by a 5th class fine, i.e. €7,500 for a legal entity. Regular checks will be carried out by agents of the DGPR of the Ministry of Ecological Transition or the Ministry of Agriculture.
What packaging is affected by the new AGEC law?Most single-use packaging is concerned, such as :
Cardboard or plastic cups
Jars containing sauces
Lids and other closures
At this time, there is still a slight doubt about burger wrappers in fast food restaurants, for example, or sandwich wrappers that may be served in bakeries with more than 20 seats;
The fight against waste : a concern of the customers
The French are increasingly concerned about environmental issues and recycling is one of them. Consumers are becoming concerned about the well-being of the planet and expect catering professionals to implement citizen actions. Moreover, the latest studies reveal that the ingestion of microplastic particles is common when using single-use plastic dishes;
Even if it seems to be difficult for the restaurant owners to be implemented for all the services of the restoration, the reusable crockery is an excellent means to take into account the claims of the customers, always more concerned about the environment.
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