Food waste: on January 1, 2024 composting will be compulsory, what you need to know

From January 1, 2024, all individuals will be required to sort their food waste in a dedicated bin or at a voluntary drop-off point. What you need to know, what the law says.

How will mandatory composting work?

From 1er January 2024, all French households must have a means of sorting their bio-waste… Either by composting it themselves in their gardens or in their kitchens or by bringing it to collection points made available in public spaces. This law, which aims to fight against food waste, also provides for a fine in the event of non-compliance with the sorting of bio-waste.

What should we compost?

Please note that the sorting of bio-waste does not mean that we put everything in the compost… “Big waste” plants such as tree cuttings must always be deposited in the recycling center… The sorting of kitchen waste is the main challenge of this new law … From 1er January 2024, so you will need to have a “bio-bucket” that will collect your kitchen waste. Namely, wet waste such as vegetable or fruit peelings, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, herbal tea, and dry waste such as cardboard egg boxes, hazelnut and walnut shells or rolls of toilet paper cut into pieces.

How to sort bio-waste in an apartment?

Don’t worry if you live in an apartment, it is quite possible to compost in a small space! Note that a composter does not smell bad if you follow all the composting rules. There are many compact and designer compost bins that will easily fit into your apartment. Think in particular of bokashi, trendy composters from Japan. If you live in an apartment, it will be more efficient to use a vermicomposter. Indeed, the worms present in your compost bin will accelerate the composting of your food waste. Do you have a balcony? This is ideal! You can easily compost your bio-waste outdoors. For the most reluctant, turn to the collective composters in your city.

How to find a collective composter?

If you don’t want to keep your compost in your apartment, opt for a shared composter! The biodechets.org website offers a map of collaborative composters to help you find bins near you. Just choose a location, contact the manager, and register.

How much will the fine be?

The text of the law itself does not provide for any fine in the event of non-composting… However, if we refer to the fine provided for by article R632-1 of the penal code, it does provide for a fine in the event of non-compliance. sorting instructions, such as the contents of bins, non-compliance with collection days, etc. And it could therefore apply if we do not respect the sorting of bio-waste… In theory, therefore, it is €35 with an increase of up to €75.

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