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4 August 2016 | Italy

Italy tackles food waste with law encouraging firms to donate food


Italy has made it easier for companies and farmers to donate food to charities and is encouraging greater use of “doggy bags” at restaurants as part of a legislative push to curb the epidemic of food waste.
A law passed in the Senate on Tuesday will help Italy recover 1m tonnes of food a year for the needy, according to the law’s chief sponsor, and comes six months after a similar bill was passed in France.
Unlike the French law, however, which penalises supermarkets that fail to abide by new rules forcing them to donate unsold food to charities, the Italian law has instead focused on incentives that make it easier for companies to change their behaviour. It is estimated that Italy wastes about 5.1m tonnes of food a year.

Full Story: The Guardian