No plan to fine supermarkets and restaurants over government waste.
Zack was quoted in the Evening Standard in an article about DEFRA’s announcement it would not be taking a similar approach to Spain’s government bill to tackle food waste including issuing fines.
Zack agreed with sustainability charity WRAP’s call for a ‘whole system approach’ and said,
“Food should not be going to waste, especially when people in London are increasingly relying on food banks. However, if fines leads to businesses charging customers more to make up losses it will only make matters worse, but taking an incentive based approach can combat that. We need to make it easier for businesses to reduce food waste. Food is a social justice issue as much as an environmental one. It’s vital in a cost of living crisis that we both protect out environment and the most vulnerable people in our society at the same time.”