France tries to clean up its garbage problem

11th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 10 (AFP) - France on Monday launched a programme to make its citizens more aware of the mountains of household waste they produce each year and to catch up with neighbouring countries in terms of recycling habits.

PARIS, Oct 10 (AFP) - France on Monday launched a programme to make its citizens more aware of the mountains of household waste they produce each year and to catch up with neighbouring countries in terms of recycling habits.

Each French person now throws out, on average, 360kg of trash a year -- 40kg more than a decade ago -- and only 12 percent is recycled and six percent transformed into compost, according to the ecology ministry.

The aim of the new, 2.5-million-euro campaign is to reduce that amount by 15 percent over the next five years and by nearly a third by 2015.

Ecology minister Nelly Olin urged the public to spurn supermarket plastic bags by using caddies instead, and to think about the increasing amount of plastic packaging they are throwing out daily.

Changes in lifestyle are largely to blame for the growing tower of trash.

According to the ministry, the number of receptacles left over from frozen dinners, for instance, has become a significant problem for municipalities.

They have seen their rubbish collection and recycling costs double over the past 10 years to a total of EUR 5.2bn a year, according to the Agency for the Environment and Energy Management.

France lags well behind most of its neighbours in implementing environmentally friendly rubbish disposal.

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Subject: French news

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