Food waste: the City supports a tax credit

sherbrookois-donne-leurA tax credit for companies that give the unsold edible food to community organizations? It is a proposal of the National Council Zero waste is supported by the City of Sherbrooke, following other major cities such as Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Edmonton.

The Sherbrooke municipal officials gave their unanimous support at the last City Council to “ask the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to urge the federal government to implement tax incentives to encourage producers and retailers of food to give unsold edible food, and to consider this resolution to the next annual general meeting of the FCM. ”

“These are 40% of food is wasted. The City of Sherbrooke, via the Environment Committee supports this one because it is in our waste management plan that aims to reduce landfill by 2020, “said the President of Committee of Christine Ouellet environment.

According to data from the National Zero Waste Council, lost $ 31 billion are attributable to food waste in Canada, or 2% of gross domestic product. Half of the losses occur along the supply chain between farms and food stores.

Across the municipality, this measure would allow the City to reach the demand of the provincial government to ban the landfilling of organic waste and responds to the Action Plan to counter the greenhouse gases.

Councillor Jean-François Rouleau held to recognize the efforts of some companies that already limit the amount of organic waste in particular naming the Delta and the IGA and Provigo chains. “Yes you are right in what you said, but we should say that we must target those who do not reach the goals. My concern is that the committee should have gone a little further. ”

Christine Ouellet countered that the tax credits would encourage those who are making efforts to continue and those that do nothing to engage more. “I think it’s going in the direction of what you say. ”

Annie Godbout recalled for his part the initiative of the Community Economic Development Corporation of Sherbrooke, which will open in June a community fridge on Wellington Street South.

Nicole Bergeron wanted to know if the Union of Quebec Municipalities could also pressure the Canadian government. “It has to be embraced by much broader. This is a great initiative. We even wonder why you did not think of before. ”

Mayor Bernard Sevigny said the main vehicle to speak to the Canadian government was FCM.

Helene Dauphinais has meanwhile stressed that “now with the sorting center of Valoris, there is much of compostable materials will not return to the landfill.”

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