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Poirson said that in the new plan all products with recycled plastic packaging would somewhat cost 10 cents lesser. Brune Poirson stated that declaring war on plastic will not be the ultimate solution. "We need to transform the French economy", she told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

Asked whether it was sufficient to count on the goodwill of industry to reach Macron's target of 100 percent plastic recycling by 2025, Poirson said that imposing new regulation too quickly would lead to defensive reactions.

Florence Berlingen of the association Zero Waste France stated that they placed their hopes high that companies will be sailing in the ship with the government so that the consumers won't be the one who will be carrying the penalty load.

Emmanuel Guichard of the Elipso federation of plastic packaging makers gave a cautious welcome to the French plan. He said that when it comes to bottles, handing a choice to the consumers is entirely possible. "But we can't forget other items - today there's no recycled plastic available for yogurt pots".

Ubiquitous images on social media of marine fauna suffocated by plastics, as well as initiatives such as "plastic attacks" - which see shoppers dump all the packaging of their purchases outside supermarkets - have begun to spur political responses around the world.

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She noted that glass, unlike plastic, is "infinitely recyclable".

Chatel added that while focusing on recycling is absolutely needed and is a welcome move, it is not enough. The French government is now set to elevate the taxes on burying trash in major landfills while decreasing taxes for recycling operations.

She feels that France should take a page from a current EU-wide trend of actually reducing the use and production of plastics. Single-use plastic bags have already been stopped in supermarkets unless they can be composted.

Michel-Edouard Leclerc, CEO of leading French retailer E.Leclerc, told the JDD that ahead of the 2020 ban on throwaway plastic tableware, his stores would stop selling these products from the end of the first quarter of 2019.

The European Commission is also keen to cut down the use of single-use plastic objects, announcing in May rules that require the use of alternative materials and offers incentives for businesses. The products will be 10 cents more.


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