The Parti Québécois wants to force Quebec to pass an anti-waste law
Food waste has taken worrying proportions in Quebec.
The Parti Québécois (PQ) wants to bring back to the fore the idea of an anti-waste law in Quebec as the new global framework on biodiversity, adopted Monday in Montreal, calls for reducing to halve food waste by 2030.
This political group promises to table a bill at the next parliamentary session which would, in particular, oblige companies to return unsold edible food to organizations that can redistribute or revalorize it, for example food banks.
Nearly 700,000 Quebecers receive assistance from a food aid counter each month [because of] their precarious financial situation. Large restaurant chains or grocery stores must be forced to create strategic partnerships to significantly reduce waste, argues the MP for Matane-Matapédia, Pascal Bérubé, in a press release on Tuesday.
Inspired by French legislation, the PQ also wants to tackle the waste of goods by prohibiting the disposal of unsold products and forcing companies to donate them to organizations or recycle them. /p>
The group of regional daily newspapers Les Coops de l'information revealed last week that the Home Depot chain in Quebec puts thousands of new products in the trash each year.
We hope that our initiative encourages the CAQ to make the fight against waste a real priority, said Mr. Bérubé the day after an agreement reached between the nations at COP15.< /p>
It would not be the first time that the issue of food waste has been debated in the National Assembly. In 2020, Québec solidaire had presented a bill to this effect with a reduction target of 50% by 2025.
During the election campaign, QS returned to the load with such a promise but pushed the deadline to 2030.