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Waste Crime

Bruce Barbour - August 2021

It should be a crime for companies to waste food and other items.

Supermarkets and other food manufacture and handling industries will have to put in systems to ensure that food does not go to waste. It has to be sold or given away before it goes off.

Similarly it will be a crime to throw away manufactured items, including new electrical goods and new clothing.

These crimes will be punishable by company fines in the first instance, getting higher for subsequent waste events.  If the waste crimes continues the general manager and directors will become personally liable for payment of fines, which will not be able to be reimbursed by the company.

(This is to counter appalling recent (2021) instances where some large resellers have thrown out perfectly good new items (electrical goods and other items) in order to not flood the market and to keep prices high. It has probably been going on for years. They were systematically dumping at the tip/landfill millions of dollars worth of goods monthly, and even sacked staff if they dared to take any thrown out item for their own use. Who ever said that capitalism was efficient was wrong. Efficiency means nothing, it is only profits that count in capitalism and if that means throwing away perfectly good items to maintain scarcity and therefore price that is what they will do.)

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