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B1049 – Supermarket Waste Bill 2016 (Second Reading)

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    B1049 – Supermarket Waste Bill 2016 (Second Reading), TSR Labour Party

    Supermarket Waste Bill 2016 (Second Reading)
    An Act to prevent food waste by forcing supermarkets to give all of their unsold produce to charities.

    BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1: Definitions
    (1) Supermarket is a large shop selling foods and household goods.
    (2) A charity is an organisation set up to provide help for those in need.
    (3) A homeless shelter is a homeless service agency which provides temporary residence for homeless individuals and families
    (4) Unsold produce are food items which have not been purchased and the supermarket or food shop no longer wants to keep them. These include products that don't meet store policy on shelf presentation standards but are fit for consumption.
    (5) A donation contract is a legally binding agreement between an individual store and a charity or homeless shelter which demands that the store shall donate all of its unsold produce to the charity or homeless shelter in question.

    2: Recycling of Unsold Produce
    (1) All supermarkets and other food shops that have an annual revenue of over £100 million must give all their unsold produce to charities or homeless shelters.
    (2) The supermarkets and food shops will be exempt from claims for any illness or disease caused by food given under this bill.
    (3) It is the responsibility of the charity or homeless shelter to collect the unsold produce.
    (4) Each individual store must sign a donation contract with a charity or homeless shelter which regularly provide food for people in need.
    (5) If a store does not fulfil its donation contract, the chairty or homeless shelter may file a complaint to DEFRA.
    (6) Businesses for which this bill applies to must disclose the amount of food waste in their whole production line.

    3: Penalties
    Any business found guilty of failing to meet these guidelines will be forced to pay £1,000,000.

    4: Extent, Commencement and Short Title
    (1) This Act extends to the United Kingdom.
    (2) The provisions of this Act come into force on 1st October 2017.
    (3) This Act may be cited as the Supermarket Waste Act 2016.


    This bill helps to solve two major problems that face our country. One is the amount of food waste and the methods used to dispose of it. Food waste costs Great Britain £2.94bn each year and 14 million tonnes of food each year are dumped, twice the EU average. By not disposing of food waste by binning it, greenhouse gases released through food waste could be significantly reduced. The decomposition of solid waste in landfills results in the release of methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Another problem is that some homeless people struggle to get enough substantial food to eat. There are estimated tobe 185,000 homeless people in the UK at the moment and these people need our help. By forcing supermarkets and other food shops to give their food waste to charities, you would solve the issue of environmentally destructive forms of waste disposal by solving the issue of providing enough food to homeless charities and shelters.

    France and Italy are just a few of the countries recently who have enforced a similar law and begun the process of tackling food waste.There is no reason why we can’t do the same as this bill could provide several significant benefits. Tesco recently announced that it would try to eradicate all food waste from its stores and distribution centres by 2017. If it is possible for a multi-national company such as Tesco for do this, there is no reason why all other supermarkets and food shops can’t follow suit.

    Here are some articles related to this bill:

    Changes for the second reading:
    - Definitions have been amended
    - The penalty has been increased to £1,000,000





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    Nay, they should be able to do whatever they like with their unsold produce (within reason).

    No, I am tempted to support forcing supermarkets to give waste food to good causes but giving to nursing homes, hospitals, and schools are good options.


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