UK visitors to France during the last 12 months were among the worst culprits for not recycling or recycling incorrectly while on holiday, according to a recent resort study carried out by Pierre & Vacances. The questionnaire, completed by more than 100 resort and residence managers in locations throughout France, found that packaging in English and from British brands was more commonly disposed of incorrectly than waste from any other nation.
The operator's UK & Ireland sales and marketing director, Cathy Rankin, said: “We don’t think that Brits are unwilling to recycle, rather that they don’t fully understand how it is done in France. We feel it’s important to help educate those staying in France with us to support French environmental initiatives to conserve energy and minimise landfill.
“Not everyone would consider packing bags for life along with their ski equipment or beach towel however the whole of France is now plastic bag-free, so they are an essential piece of kit for grocery shopping while on holiday there.”
In response to its survey findings, the company has created an infographic that advises visitors on how to recycle correctly and holiday with lower environmental impact in France. The guide can be viewed at http://blog.pv-holidays.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/PV_RECYCLING_INFOGRAPHIC.jpg