The Prince’s Government is strengthening regulations with two new measures which will come into effect from January 1, 2023.

From this date: – Meals taken on site, in a catering establishment, must be served in reusable dishes; – Cash receipts and credit card receipts will no longer be printed systematically. However, the customer can always request the printing of a receipt regardless of the amount of his purchases.

The new measures complement several that came into force between 2021 and 2022: – The obligation for employers with a canteen to make available to their employees reusable dishes and boxes; – The right of all consumers to be served in their own reusable container; – The ban on systematically providing free disposable cutlery in the take-out sales (they are chargeable and are only provided on request); – The prohibition of meal plans with “drink included”, so as not to encourage the consumer to take a drink packaged in a single-use container (cans, plastic or glass bottles, etc.).

At the same time, the Government has set up a deposit system on containers for take-out meals, named “MaConsigne” in order to eliminate disposable packaging. All of these measures offer eco-responsible solutions to consumers taking their meals away from home who are encouraged to favour reusable solutions.

France banned plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables from January 2022.

ORIGINAL SOURCE : Monaco Government Press Service

Local residents shop fruits and vegetable at a mini market during the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France, April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau