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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

28th September 2016

France has become the first country to impose a ban on disposable cups, cutlery and plates, which will come into effect from 2020.

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

28th September 2016

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

28th September 2016

​This ban which came into effect from August this year but is part of a staggered plan means that takeout coffee will be served in compostable containers and it will no longer be possible to buy plastic glasses for picnics and parties.

Although the Environment Minister, Segolene Royal believe that the ban is ‘anti-social’ because it effects low-income families who might be more likely to use disposable items, many are in favour of the plan and hope that it paves the way for more European countries to follow suit.

Top Five European Countries

​1. Finland

2. Iceland

3. Sweden

4. Denmark

5. Slovenia

According to the Environmental Performance Index

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