From January 1, 2022, many plastic packaging will disappear from supermarkets.

Cellophane, trays or plastic bags will therefore be prohibited.

This new measure is part of the anti-waste law voted in early 2020. The new decree must be published on Tuesday, according to information from the 

Journal du Dimanche

.

As of next year, it will therefore no longer be possible to wrap certain fruits and vegetables in plastic.

The vegetables concerned are: leeks, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes and “normal” carrots.

But also round tomatoes, “normal” onions and turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, parsnip, radishes, Jerusalem artichokes and root vegetables.

At least 1,000,000,000 plastic packaging per year.



This is what we will avoid with the end of plastic packaging for unprocessed fruits and vegetables.



The decree is signed: it starts on January 1, 2022!

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Up to 15,000 euros fine for non-compliance

Same evolution on the fruit side. Plastic packaging will be prohibited for apples, pears, bananas, oranges, clementines, kiwis, mandarins, lemons and grapefruits but also for plums, melons, pineapples, mangoes, fruits of passion and persimmons. Organic products are also affected. Failure to comply with this measure may result in a fine of up to 15,000 euros and a daily penalty of 1,500 euros.

However, several fruits and vegetables could be the object of exception, indicates the

JDD

. This is particularly the case for products packaged in batches of 1.5 kg or more as well as "fruit and vegetables presenting a risk of deterioration when sold in bulk". These exceptions will last until 2026, with several levels scheduled for June 30, 2023, December 31, 2024 and June 30, 2026. They have been put in place to allow companies time to develop plastic-free packaging.

Today, 37% of fruit and vegetables are sold packaged in stores located in France.

Between one and two billion packages are used in this way each year.

France therefore seems to have decided to act and has set itself the goal of phasing out single-use plastic by 2040. By 2030 already, 20% of products offered for sale in supermarkets and medium-sized supermarkets must be sold in bulk, compared to 1 to 3% today.

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