Nearly 5 million tonnes of household packaging are put on the market each year in France, causing excess natural resource consumption and producing a large amount of waste.
Packaging waste represents nearly 30% of the total amount of household waste. Only part of it is recycled and recycling rates vary, depending on the materials: 80% for glass and only 22% for plastic. The rest is burned or buried with the other residual household waste, causing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Reuse is considered a priority as part of waste reduction at source, both at European and national level. At the local level, there are many initiatives encouraging citizens and businesses to reduce their waste by favoring the sustainable to the disposable.
Initiated by the CNIID( Centre national d’information indépendante sur les déchets) in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, the project "Mon commerçant m’emballe durablement " aims to promote the use of reusable packaging and the reintroduction of the deposit in the local food retail.
To show that change in behaviors and habits is possible, the CNIID chose to work at the local level. After only a few weeks of mobilization, more than 40 retailers have already committed to implement one or more of the proposed actions.
The CNIID developed 12 proposals for action from a survey of traders who had already experimented with solutions for packaging reuse. The proposals are subject to fact sheets that include tips and feedback. The proposals that the CNIID offers through this project are concrete alternatives to overcome the disposable era.
"Through this project, we want to create a momentum for change at the local level. Traders who wish to engage can contact us to be listed on our website and individuals who would like to know of the actions proposed by their local retailers will find all the resources online, "said Flora Berlingen, in charge of the campaign "Waste reduction" and of the project CNIID " Mon commerçant m’emballe durablement”