Green Games: single use plastics banned for Olympics and Paralympics

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Updated on 14/05/2024
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Here's a detailed look at what's changing this summer in Paris with regards to single use plastics for drinking and catering at City of Paris events.

On festival sites

For the duration of the Games and festivites hosted by the City of Paris, the authorities are committed to ending the use of single use plastics. Whether it's drinking, having an ice cream or a takeaway meal, all containers and cups will be reusable.
Just remember to return them when you leave the site! Food and drink will also have a sustainable edge during the games with organic, seasonal and local produce being prioritised at venues.

On competition sites

For the Olympic and Paralympic Games, recycled plastic bottles are being replaced by a more eco-friendly mode of consumption, as recycling is not a sustainable solution to plastic pollution. You'll be able to buy drinks without plastic bottles at eight competition venues in Paris: Trocadéro, Concorde, Grand Palais, Invalides, Pont Alexandre III, Champ-de-Mars/Tour Eiffel, Aréna La Chapelle and Parc des Princes. Paris 2024 and Coca-Cola, the Games' global drinks partner, are planning to install around 100 soda fountains and reuseable glass bottles, saving over 100 tonnes of single-use plastic.
The right way to celebrate the Games
- Water bottles are accepted on all festivities and competition sites, except glass ones or bottles larger than 75 cl. Eau de Paris fountains will be available free of charge at all venues.
- You will be able to bring your own containers, bowls or cups, for drinking and eating.

During the "Marathon Pour Tous"

For the first time, a marathon and a 10 km running event will be organized for the general public on the same course as the official Olympic event. Runners will be able to tread the same paths as their olympian heros. In another first, the Marathon Pour Tous will be a zero-plastics race. Gone with plastic bottles and disposable cups! Runners will be able to drink from reusable cups, eliminating the need for almost 400,000 plastic bottles! See you on August 10th.
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In September 2024, after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, all Parisian races will switch to zero-plastic policy. A lasting change for Parisian running events.