Break urged on waste

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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