The state gives an ultimatum to fast food chains to sort their trash cans

VIDEOS – McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC, Burger King… Brune Poirson received all the leaders of the fast food chains. The Secretary of State gives these bad students of waste sorting two months to come up with “a compliance plan”.

Fast food chains are the ones. Problem: they do not sort their waste and are therefore outlawed. Brune Poirson decided to bang her fist on the table. The Secretary of State at the Ministry for the Ecological Transition gave them two months to propose “a compliance plan” in terms of waste sorting. “I told them very clearly that by the end of March, I wanted them to submit a very concrete plan for compliance with the regulations,” she said.

At the end of the year, the government indeed carried out unannounced checks in restaurants of these brands. However, “none of the controlled establishments complied with the law”, one indicates to the ministry. Brune Poirson will reveal the results of these investigations to the main parties concerned. The representative of the ministry will remind them of the law and the amount of the fines. “Sorting must be done in the dining room and in the kitchen, it is an obligation. It would not occur to fast-food managers to compromise with hygiene rules, why do they do it with sorting garbage? ” asks a member of the cabinet.

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Reveal the names of brands that do not respect the law

To encourage them to take action, the government is ready to take strong measures. Not only could the ministry increase checks and reveal the names of brands that do not comply with the law, but in addition the penal arsenal could be strengthened. The circular economy roadmap could provide for more penalties for non-compliance with the law. Brune Poirson recalled that there were “very clear means of pressure” against bad sorters, fines, but also “criminal penalties which can go as far as prison terms”. Failure to comply with the sorting of the five streams (paper and cardboard, metal, plastic, glass, wood) is punishable by an administrative penalty of a maximum amount of 150,000 euros and constitutes a criminal offense punishable by a maximum penalty of two years of imprisonment and a 75,000 euro fine.

“We cannot change habits like that with a snap of the fingers by a decree or by an order”, reacted Dominique Bénézet, general delegate of the national union of food and fast food at the end of the meeting with the Secretary of State, while conceding that there was “efforts to be made”. “We all agree that we must make sure that we live better on this planet” he added.

It must be said that the waste accumulated by the sector is colossal. France has 25,000 fast food outlets. Thus, a billion meals are consumed in these places each year in France, which generates 183,000 tonnes of packaging waste and 60,000 tonnes of food waste. This rubbish is mixed up in the trash cans, which makes it unusable. However, well sorted, all this material could be valued. This is the message the government wants to get across.

for lack of sorting of waste in the room. The association deplores “the procrastination of McDonald’s France which has been going from” tests “to” experiments “for more than 10 years”. As for KFC, “it does not seem to envisage any start of experimentation, despite the ambition to open 300 additional restaurants by 2025”, regrets the NGO. “The meaning of our complaint was also to alert the public authorities to encourage them to take up the problem. We initiated the cause, they are taking over, we are delighted ”, underlines Thibault Turchet, head of legal affairs at Zero waste France. It remains to be seen whether state intervention will make it possible to put these signs back in the nails.


SEE ALSO – Waste: all guilty?

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