France to ban stores from destroying non-food items

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Thursday, 6 June 2019, 7:04PM
One New Zealander thinks we should do the same. (Photo / Getty)

France has made a radical move to reduce waste, and one Kiwi is urging us to follow suit

The European country plans to ban supermarkets and producers from destroying non-food items like clothes, electronics and plastics.

Instead, law makers want supermarkets to hand over the unsold products to charities or recycle them.

Marty Hoffart, director of Waste Watchers in Tauranga, is in support of the idea, and believes it can work here. He told Heather du Plessis-Allan that we have to do more than just talk about changing our habits. 

"Our socieities aren't that difference, we have the same types of waste. New Zealand was singled out by the United Nations two years ago as one of the highest disposers of electronic waste in the world."

 

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