Bill to require recycling of excess food in restaurants pushed
There is now a pending bill in the Congress that is pushing to require businesses to donate or recycle excess food, a move that seeks to reduce food wastage in the country.
It was House Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin of AAMBIS-Owa who filed House Bill (HB) 6235, which identified various food waste-reduction strategies that should be adopted by food-related businesses, local government units (LGUs) and households.
According to her, there is still no law in the Philippines that fights food wastage.
“It is high time for the government to its part not only for the Philippines, but also because this has become an alarming global problem,” HB 6235 cited.
If passed, HB 6235 would call for the creation of the Food Waste Reduction Committee composed of the chiefs of the National Nutrition Council, and the departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Social Welfare and Development, Education, Trade and Industry, Health, Science and Technology, and Interior and Local Government.
The committee should require supermarkets and grocery stores to sell surplus or leftover food still fit for human consumption at discounted prices to other consumers.
They must also determine which businesses, such as supermarkets, grocery stores, restaurants, school and office cafeterias and other similar food establishments, will be covered by the law based on the size, number of clientele and amount of food being sold, distributed or manufactured for public consumption.
The bill likewise requires food-related businesses to enter into an agreement with waste management and recycling firms to recycle food waste into fertilizer or compost.