Italy is set to pass a law that will make supermarkets donate their waste food to charities, as a recent article in The Independent detailed. It will become the second European country to pass such laws after the French introduced a bill in February which bans supermarket throwing away or spoiling unsold food. Unlike France, which fines supermarkets found wasting food, Italy wants to give businesses incentives to donate food and help tackle the country’s €12bn waste problem. At the moment – any Italian bar, restaurant or supermarket looking to donate food must declare donations in advance. The new law would instead offer reductions in rubbish taxes, which would vary depending on how much businesses give to charity.
Recently, the Scottish Government has pledged to reduce the nation’s food waste by one third over the next nine years – a plan that would save businesses and households across the country more than £500m if successful. This is another sign of hope. As recently discussed in our Wasteless Future blog, food waste prevention becomes mainstream for governments and business startups.