Straws and mixing sticks to be banned from January 1, 2019

As part of its policy of reducing pollution by plastic, the Monaco Government decided to prohibit, as from 1st January, 2019, straws and plastic mixing sticks. Consumers are encouraged to substitute, for example, those made of bamboo or metal.

In 2016, this process of reducing plastics began with the ban on single-use plastic bags for packing goods. The “compatible ecology” bags must be composed of biobased materials in a gradually increasing percentage, to reach 60% in 2025.

Marie-Pierre GRAMAGLIA, Councilor of Government-Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urbanism, said, “The reduction of plastic waste is a major stake for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) since they represent about 11% of tonnages and 80% of GHG emissions from their incineration.

“Plastic is also responsible for 75% of the pollution of the seas and oceans in the form of microparticles harmful to biodiversity. This is a major issue for the preservation of marine biodiversity.”

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Since 2014, the Environment Department has undertaken a “Committed Commerce” initiative to promote eco-responsible practices among producers, traders and consumers in the Principality. This Label now has 67 stores spread across all neighborhoods.

In 2019, the Department of the Environment will launch the label “Restaurant engaged”. Specifically, it will target restaurants and takeaway establishments, which will include assistance with the removal of single-use plastic utensils and packaging.

Valérie DAVENET, Director of the Environment emphasizes that “this free and personalized support is offered to the establishments that wish it”.

The label highlights the good practices already undertaken by many restaurateurs in the Principality of Monaco.

The reduction of plastics but also the fight against food waste are at the heart of this approach.

This ban on plastics will extend from 1 January 2020 to cotton buds, plates, cups, glasses and disposable cutlery.