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September 17, 2008

France to impose a 'picnic tax' on plastic in waste war

The Daily Telegraph  09.16.08Francepicnictelegraph_2

To general incredulity, the French environment minister, Jean-Louis Borloo, confirmed the so-called "taxe pique-nique" on Monday. "We're doing it," he declared...

The tax will affect plastic goblets, knives and forks, and non-biodegradable paper plates and napkins.

Our Take: France takes a big step -- another example (like plastic bag fees) of government applying pressure and targeting use-and-toss items in order to change consumption habits. Whether the initiative succeeds or fails, it raises awareness about the hidden costs of disposable items and their massive over-consumption.

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