Currently, 631, 278, 200 tons of food have been wasted this year and that number is increasing each and every second according to The World Counts. Italy has recently joined the numerous countries striving to end food waste by passing a bill that would encourage businesses to donate unsold food to charities. The bill received strong support from all parties. It was passed by the Italian parliament’s lower house on Thursday and is expected to be approved sometime this week.
It can often be difficult for businesses to do good for others if there is no incentive for them. Other countries including France are fining businesses who fail to donate leftover food. However, Italy is not going to fine citizens who do not comply. They are not going to punish citizens but instead reward them. Italy will give garbage collection tax breaks to businesses that take part in this movement to avoid food waste.