After the rejection of the Senate at the end of September, the government delays the order of plastic bottles by proposing "experiments" in the "voluntary" territories for implementation by 2023, in a statement sent to AFP in the night from Monday to Tuesday. Rejected by the Senate, this deposit system for recycling plastic bottles is the hot spot of the anti-waste bill, which is expected in the Chamber of the National Assembly from 9 December.
In a joint statement, Minister of Environmental Transition Élisabeth Borne and Secretary of State Brune Poirson propose a "set up of the mixed deposit for recycling and reuse (...) at the end of a progress report of the extension of sorting instructions (instructions for selective sorting, Ed.) to be realized in 2023 ".
"In the meantime", the executive mentions "the launching of deposit experiments on voluntary territories (especially overseas)". The government also confirms its goal of reducing single-use plastics as well as the European targets of 77% collection for recycling plastic bottles in 2025 and 90% in 2029.
The Senate, in a near consensus, had rejected the directive for recycling at the end of September, limiting it to reuse and reuse, after sometimes tense discussions with Brune Poirson, who hoped for its establishment in 2022. The senators had evoked "ecological" motives, notably criticizing the "lobbying" of large companies favoring the deposit as Coca-Cola.
Senate against NGO
Elected officials, supported by the Professional Federation of Recycling Companies (Federec), also feared a negative financial impact for their communities, which sell their waste to specialized companies. On the other hand, environmental NGOs and environmental activists have taken a stand in favor of the directive, including former minister Nicolas Hulot, for whom "the deposit for recycling combined with the re-employment deposit is a first step to improve collection".
Some were more divided like the ex-LREM MP and close to Nicolas Hulot Matthieu Orphelin. This parliamentarian initially proposed to "limit the establishment to territories such as Corsica or Overseas", fearing that the generalized instruction pushes to use even more plastic bottles, which, even recycled, cause problems. damage to the environment.
In its communiqué, the government insists on the "consultation" with the actors. In the cabinet of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, it is emphasized that the consensus "clearly indicates the objective of implementing the directive with a common path and method".