The French Assembly has unanimously voted through legislation banning the sale and distribution of all plastic bags and plastics packaging from 2010, unless they are biodegradable.
The measure was introduced yesterday by two members of parliament as an amendment during a debate concerning agricultural legislation, according to Michel Loubry, regional director of PlasticsEurope in France.
The French environment ministry was unaware of the legislation, said Loubry, who tried to contact the minister as soon as the plastics manufacturers’ association learned of the ban yesterday afternoon.
The legislation has now to go to the French Senate. Loubry said he hoped to meet shortly with environment ministry officials to discuss the situation. PlasticsEurope, he added, will lobby politicians in both the Assembly and Senate.
“There is still a chance to block it, but the battle will be tough. This is completely unrealistic and I hope the plastic bag will not be the sacrificial victim of this whole story,” Loubry said.
Officials at PlasticsEurope’s headquarters in Brussels were unavailable to comment on the French ban.
Source: PRW.com Oct. 13, 2005.