The Social Security and Family Commission of Brazil has approved a bill to establish rules for the disposal of food waste. The bill was introduced by Congressman Givaldo Vieira (PT-ES) and has the goal of combating the problem of food waste in the country. Mr. Chico D’Angelo (PT-RJ) supported the proposed law and said that dealing with food waste properly can improve access to food for the poor and reduce the volume of waste.
The approved draft law would establish the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS), which would be guided by principles of eradicating food waste. The PNRS would focus on the responsible generation of waste and the adoption of management and conservation practices that reduce waste and reuse surplus food. In addition, the PNRS establishes duties and obligations to redistribute food fit for human consumption, discloses food donation procedures, and encourages the use of technology to minimize the generation of recyclable waste. The proposed law must be analyzed by the Commission on Constitution and Justice and Citizenship before being voted upon in the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies