Excessive use of plastic, packages largely filled with empty… the overpackaging persists despite the anti-waste law

“Superfluous” or even “useless” plastic, to protect food: despite the 2020 anti-waste law, “over-packaging” persists, deplores the consumer association CLCV, in a study published this Thursday, September 22.

“A very large number of packages are mainly filled.. with empty spaces”, denounces the CLCV in this study, for which it studied the packaging of more than 250 food products between the end of February and mid-May 2022, in nine retail chains. .

“The palm goes to packets of ravioli, almonds, granola or bacon bits, which contain 55% of vacuum”, underlines the CLCV, which also indicates that “many products are surrounded by packaging which seems useless” , citing plastic films around boxes of tea, chocolates or vegetables, or cardboard sleeves around yogurts, compotes or pizzas.

She asks professionals to “favor useful packaging for preservation and transport, simple (a single material), light and made up of recyclable materials”, believing that these “overpacks” are more the product of marketing considerations than a concern good preservation of the product, “since these same products increasingly exist without superfluous packaging”.

In order to encourage manufacturers to make more efforts, the CLCV urges consumers to change their practices: “prefer products without over-packaging, avoid portioned packaging, think about bulk and reuse packaging when possible”.

“Non-compliance with the sorting of packaging”

The public authorities are also challenged and summoned to “strengthen sorting systems in public places to capture nomadic packaging (cans, plastic bottles, sandwich packaging, etc.) and to set up educational actions for consumers. to improve collection.

If France recycles 100% of the steel or 85% of the glass used in its household packaging, the proportion for plastic drops to 28%, according to 2020 figures from the Citeo organization.

This figure, which places France among the worst students in Europe, is explained in particular by the technical impossibility of recycling certain plastics and “the non-respect of the sorting of packaging”, thrown away with all-comers, in particular at outside the home, due to the lack of sorting bins.

Beyond the case of industrial food products, the study notes that “many fruits and vegetables” whose law provided for the sale without plastic packaging from January 1, 2022, were still very numerous to be sold in shelves under plastic, when carrying out the study.

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