On Wednesday, March 4, Catalonia approved a law that aims to reduce food waste throughout the entire value chain, from the primary sector to the final consumer. It is the first Spanish autonomous region to do so.
As highlighted by the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors (Aecoc), it is necessary that this standard be accompanied by the "commitment of administrations," so that companies can be supported and advised when enforcing plans against waste. "It is essential that companies are aware of the importance of reducing food waste. They should be taking on this challenge as their own and feel supported, so that the law can work efficiently," said David Esteller, head of the project "La alimentación no tiene desperdicio" ("There is no waste in food").
To help companies implement the waste prevention plans required by the new regulation, Aecoc will collaborate with the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Catalan government to organize training workshops.
"There is no waste in food" is bringing more than 500 companies together and seeks to raise awareness about the importance of reducing food waste, as well as providing tools and training so that companies can effectively carry out plans against it.
Currently, the highest percentage of waste corresponds to Spanish households (42%), which is why the entity is working in awareness campaigns with that target in mind.
Every year, Aecoc also organizes the Meeting Point against Food Waste in order to facilitate the sharing of information about good practices and actions being implemented by companies in order to prevent food waste.