French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will ban producers and supermarkets from destroying unsold products through legislation due to pass parliament this year, aiming to “…avoid the scandalous waste of products and objects that are in perfectly good condition.”

Around €650 million (£576m) of unsold non-food products are disposed of or destroyed in the country every year, including clothing and electronics.

France has already banned the destroying of unsold food by supermarkets, ensuring that wasted or unwanted food is given to charity and the new legislation will extend this to other non-food items, including from France’s largest supermarket chains Casino, Carrefour, Auchan and Leclerc.

Part of a “circular economy law”, the legislation is going through parliament this year to due to come into effect by 2021 or 2023, coinciding with the ban of single-use plastic items in the EU by 2021.