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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