Since the beginning of the déconfinement, the masks are thrown directly on the ground in the street are multiplied. A phenomenon that worries the authorities. The secretary of State for the ecological Transition Brune Poirson announced that the jet of waste on the public highway, whether it's garbage, a mask or a cigarette butt, may be punished by a fine of 135 euros compared to 68 euros currently, according to a draft decree which is expected to be presented mid-June. The fine could even go up to 375 euros or 750 euros if the police draws up a report and sends it to the court, according to the ministry.
This measure is part of the roadmap for the circular economy launched in 2018, and "is found with the Covid-19 a new echo, with the multiplication of the number of new abandoned waste related to the health crisis," instead of being thrown in the garbage, says the ministry. "It is necessary that everyone understands that any waste thrown on the ground often ends its journey in the ocean," stressed Brown Poirson, in a statement sent to Agence France-Presse.
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"If one wants to be the seas and oceans clean, it starts with the sidewalks clean," continues the secretary of State, which visits Sunday in Lège-Cap-Ferret, in the Gironde, on the eve of world oceans day, for collection of plastic waste. The ministry also plans to intensify its communication campaigns to encourage people not to throw waste anywhere.