France will tax disposable plastic food ware, reports its environment minister. Henry Samuel of the London Daily Telegraph writes that the tax is meant to reduce waste:
A tax of 90 cents (71p) per kilogram (2.2 lbs) will be placed on plastic and paper throwaway cups from next year, aimed at cutting the average 360kg (793 lbs) of rubbish generated per person per year in France. A raft of other "green" taxes may also be imposed, including on batteries, televisions, washing machines and fridges, with tax breaks offered for more environmentally friendly alternatives.
CAW and Disposable Takeout:
- AB 904 (Feuer) would have required takeout food packaging to be recyclable or compostable.