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July 6th 2015
 

A new French law forces supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities or for animal feed, instead of throwing it away or destroying it.

Supermarkets with a footprint of 4,305 sq ft or more will have to sign contracts with charities by July next year or face penalties including fines of up to €75,000 (£53,000) or 2 years in jail.

The French law goes further than the UK, where the government has a voluntary agreement with the grocery and retail sector to cut both food and packaging waste in the supply chain, but does not believe in mandatory targets.

A report earlier this year showed that in the UK, households threw away 7m tonnes of food in 2012, enough to fill London’s Wembley stadium nine times over. Avoidable household food waste in the UK is associated with 17m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

 
 
 

Jul/Aug 2015

 

Contents

Methadone

Doing it for the kids

Shout it out

Something to fight for

Photography? Picture this!

Housing benefit to be cut

Care leavers need care

Hackney backs down

DWP publish ‘death data’ call

Homelessness still rising

Foxtons ditch the spikes

Excess French food donated

Greece plans for homeless

Make peace

Fight for your rights

Opinion: "I believe in you"

 

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