On Thursday, January 31, in the morning by State Secretary for Ecology Bruni Pearson, the heads of the main French fast food chains reminded of their obligations in terms of waste management. By the end of March, they must propose a plan for alignment.
The fast food department generates more than 180,000 tonnes of packaging waste annually and over 60,000 tonnes of food waste. Since July 2016, professionals are required to sort 5 types of waste: paper / cardboard, metal, plastic, glass and wood in special containers. This is type 5 waste. In the event of non-compliance with these rules, the banners are subject to administrative and judicial sanctions. " Regarding the local elected representatives, we will be adamant in the implementation of the administrative and punitive sanctions provided for by law in the event of misdemeanors Remembers Bruno Poirson who condemns " that many brands do not hesitate through intense marketing to convey their assumed environmental performance with their customers. "
Snarr (National Union of Fast Foods) in a press release condemned "public authorities to shift responsibility for sorting and returning waste only to a fast food restaurant Who " does not allow them to respond to all the issues that mean removing current brakes, such as the lack of clarity of the system of applicable regulations or the lack of standardization of the waste collection system by local authorities (envisaged as part of the management service public waste).. ".
According to the trade union organization, the sorting of waste in fast food today relies on two separate regulations depending on whether the waste is produced in the kitchen or in the dining room. If in the kitchen, professional waste is subject to the flow of Device 5 and is managed by private service providers, packaged products, once sold, are consumed locally or consumed by consumers. They become an "assimilated household" of packaging waste, regardless of the materials used (plastic, carton, …) and are subject to EPR (Extended Waste Manufacturer's Responsibility). Signs can set up an individual system for collecting and treating household waste (cardboard, plastic, etc.) or to join and contribute financially to an eco-organization such as Citeo. Snarr says its member companies have paid Citeo a contribution of over 60m euros over the last five years. He asks that his members can " to benefit from a homogeneous service across the entire territory of the entire WWE ecosystem (sorting centers, recyclers, local authorities, etc.) to enable fast food chains and their consumers to value the waste produced in the dining rooms".
The Secretary of State has determined the following deadlines:
– By the end of March, the companies present and absent from the meeting will have to communicate to the Ministry their strategy for compliance with the regulations for the sorting of 5 flows and collection of food waste.
– At the end of April, following a thorough study of the different strategies, companies will convene to present and confirm the content of their roadmap.
– In the beginning of September, the first step of the concrete implementation of the strategies will be realized.
On this topic:
Exki is trying to sort biological waste in 2 Parisian restaurants, on 29.11.2013.
Fast food does not compare their packaging waste according to Zero Waste France, October 26, 2017.