France preparing to launch new waste policy

Expert study of fiscal policy options points to variable waste charging plus "upstream" producer taxes

The French government is considering new tax measures to avoid a mid-term crisis in household waste management, as part of new waste legislation to be presented to parliament next year.

A recent modelling study of economic policy options for the environment ministry found that a combination of council taxes, either flat rate or unit based, and a national advanced disposal or "upstream" tax paid by producers would be the most effective way to reduce household waste output, one of the government's major objectives.

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