A tax on non-recyclable opaque plastic bottles?

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  • Press release by Zero Waste France published on 1 February 2017

"Non-recyclable milk bottles - Ségolène Royal responds to public opposition

On Wednesday, Ségolène Royal sought the introduction of a penalty tax for non-recyclable milk bottles made of opaque PET, and is examining the possibility of banning them if the situation does not improve. Zero Waste France supports this strong stance by the minister in response to recent public protests! We remain watchful regarding the implementation of the proposed tax, which must be dissuasive and immediate, and call for clear labelling for consumers.

ECO-EMBALLAGES AND RETAILERS REMINDED OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS

With this announcement, the Environment Minister is at last reminding Eco-Emballages of its obligations. Penalty taxation should have been introduced back in 2010 - when opaque PET was first reported as disrupting sorting processes - to prevent the rollout of these new bottles, which went on to flood the market in 2016. 

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  • Press release by Eco-Emballags published on 1 February 2017

"OPAQUE PET - THE ECO-EMBALLAGES ACTION PLAN FOR 2017

Eco-Emballages has set out a €1.5 billion action plan for 2017. The aim of the plan is to develop solutions to cope with the increase in opaque PET that must be recycled with industry partners. Opaque PET is an innovative material that can be recycled to produce synthetic fibre after mixing it with coloured PET. As a result of the increasing prevalence of this material, new recycling outlets must be developed.

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