A tax incentive to prevent food waste in CanadaA tax incentive to prevent food waste in Canada<div class="ExternalClass0AA1BE0FD2A74D73B1BCF492F6F2BC5C"><p>In late October, the National Zero Waste Council launched a <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/food/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <em> Tax Incentive to Prevent Food Waste</em></a>, an incentive aimed at increasing the diversion of edible food away from landfills. The proposal is for a simple tax credit linked to the fair-market value of food donated to Canadian charitable organizations </p><p>Many businesses, both large and small, already donate food. But it can cost a business more to donate food than to throw it away, with additional costs including storage, sorting, repackaging, refrigeration and handling. A tax deduction, linked to the value of food donated, would make donating more food attractive to businesses, and keep larger volumes of edible food from our landfills. </p><p>This initiative is one of a first set of projects through the Council’s member-led working groups. Others include; <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/circular-economy/case-studies/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">demonstrating the circular economy</a> through case studies, <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/campaigns/communications-campaigns/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">sharing municipal campaigns</a> and a social marketing campaign <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/campaigns/communications-campaigns/Documents/SocialMarketingPlan_BestPracticesGuide.pdf" target="_blank">best practices guide</a> and celebrating <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/design/portfolio" target="_blank">Canadian design</a> for waste prevention and system thinking.</p><p>Support materials for the tax incentive to prevent food waste include a study and <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/design/portfolio" target="_blank">business case</a>, <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/food/FoodIncentives/NZWCTaxIncentiveBriefingNotice.pdf" target="_blank">a backgrounder</a>, <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/food/FoodIncentives/FAQ-taxincentiveSummary.pdf" target="_blank">FAQs</a> and a Draft Municipal Resolution. The incentive is gathering momentum at the municipal level and has been adopted across Canada by a range of cities including Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Township of Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, and Metro Vancouver.  </p><p> <em>The <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> National Zero Waste Council</a> is a Canada-wide leadership initiative with a mission to act collaboratively with business, government and the community, at the national and international level, as an agent of change for waste prevention and reduction in the design, production and use of goods. Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013, the Council has united, among others, five of Canada’s largest metropolitan regions with key business and government leaders, academia and non-profit organizations in a call for national action and systems change to address waste generation.</em></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-foodwaste.jpg2015-11-30T08:00:00ZGP0|#100994a7-ccf5-41d6-898e-bf1437a726ba;L0|#0100994a7-ccf5-41d6-898e-bf1437a726ba|Issue 15;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassA2BEA44FE22E4F9B9FD987320B43C3D0"><p>​The National Zero Waste Council recently launched a <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/food/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Tax Incentive to Prevent Food Waste</a>, an incentive aimed at increasing the diversion of edible food away from landfills, and into Canadian charitable organizations.</p></div>0