France becomes first country to ban plastic cups and plates

France becomes first country in the world to ban plastic plates, cups and utensils. replacements will need to be made from biologically sourced materials that can be composted. 

The new law comes into effect in 2020, as part of a “circular economy” of waste disposal. Which means as of 2020, you won’t be able to purchase plastic cups, plates, or utensils in France.

According to a newspaper called Les Echos, France currently throws away more than 4.7 billion plastic cups every year.Only a tiny 1% are actually recycled. and roughly 17 billion plastic bags used annually in supermarkets around the country. Plastic bags have already been banned in France and other countries.

The idea was proposed by the green political party in France, Europe Écologie – Les Verts.

However, not everybody in France is happy about this. While it might be good news for the environment.

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