Break urged on waste
TAX breaks should be given for the pick-up and transportation of food that would otherwise go to waste, Australia’s biggest food relief organisation says.
Foodbank Australia chief executive Brianna Casey said incentivising the transport of excess produce would have an “enormous impact” in tackling the nation’s food waste problem.
It is among the suggestions Foodbank is putting forward for the Federal Government’s National Food Waste Strategy, which aims to halve food waste by 2030.
Ms Casey said other countries had incentivised transport to help cover costs.
“The costs can be enormously prohibitive, especially when we look at rural and remote Australia,” she said.
About three million tonnes of food is wasted in the commercial and industrial sector, costing the overall economy $20 billion a year.