France’s National Assembly this week voted on a new zero-waste policy that will require all supermarket chains to convert leftover food into animal feed, energy, or compost, or donate it to charity. Ultimately, the government hopes to slice food waste in half by the year 2025.

Until now, many chains have been dumping their food into bins and “bleaching” it so that nobody else can take it. Now, grocery stores will be expected to sign contracts with various charities in order to give that food new life.

The man who fought for this law, town councilman Arash Derambarsh, deserves much of the credit for its passing.

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