Plastic over-packaging persists despite 2020 anti-waste law

plastic ” superfluous “ even ” useless “to protect food: despite the 2020 anti-waste law, the “overpack” persists, deplores the consumer association CLCV, in a study published Thursday, September 22, 2022.

“A 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 large retail chains.

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

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

Encourage consumers to change their practices

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”.

The public authorities are also questioned 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 “failure to sort packaging”thrown away with all comers, especially 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” which the law provided for the sale without plastic packaging from January 1, 2022, were still very numerous to be sold in the department under plastic, when the study was carried out.

Leave a Comment