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

    Supermarket Waste Bill 2016
    An Act to prevent food waste by forcing supermarkets to give all of their unsold produce to worthy causes.


    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 worthy cause is an organisation which the Secretary of State responsible for Food deems to be charitable.
    (3) 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.
    (4) A donation contract is a legally binding agreement between an individual store and a worthy cause which demands that the store shall donate all of its unsold produce to the worthy cause 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 worthy causes.
    (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 worthy cause to collect the unsold produce.
    (4) The Secretary of State responsible for Food will compile a list of worthy causes that supermarkets and other food shops may donate to.
    (1) (1) This list will be made public on the Government's website.
    (2) (2) An organisation may apply to join this list.
    (5) Each individual store must sign a donation contract with a worthy cause on the list.
    (6) If a store does not fulfil its donation contract, the worthy cause may file a complaint to DEFRA.
    (7) 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.



    Notes

    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 worthy causes, you would solve the issue of environmentally destructive forms of waste disposal by solving the issue of providing enough food for everyone in this country.

    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.

    We recognise that previously there were charitable causes who could benefit from this produce, such as nursing homes, but previously were not helped by this bill. The changes made in the third reading ensure that all worthy causes can receive unsold produce from supermarkets and other food shops.

    Here are some articles related to this bill:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...y-supermarkets
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a6931681.html
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/bu...-a6861196.html
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/bu...-a6925971.html


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    - The Secretary of State responsible for food will compile a list of worthy causes that supermarkets may donate to.
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    Aye given the list of eligible groups and the opportunity to join the said list.
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    Just noticed the fine, where are all the lefties decrying it as excessive?
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Just noticed the fine, where are all the lefties decrying it as excessive?
    What's wrong with the fine?
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    What's wrong with the fine?
    It's hoooooge, I mean, £25k is too much for discrimination, this is a million
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    Still a no from me, their unsold produce is for them to manage.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    It's hoooooge, I mean, £25k is too much for discrimination, this is a million
    Remember that it's only businesses earning over £100m in annual revenue who have to adhede to this bill so for them, this fine is not that significant. Besides, companies who do not comply with this bill are breaking the law so I feel very little sympathy towards them in that situation.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    Remember that it's only businesses earning over £100m in annual revenue who have to adhede to this bill so for them, this fine is not that significant. Besides, companies who do not comply with this bill are breaking the law so I feel very little sympathy towards them in that situation.
    I would not call all the profits not significant, and your lack of sympathy seems rather inconsistent.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    I would not call all the profits not significant, and your lack of sympathy seems rather inconsistent.
    If the fine equals their profits, that's their problem; they should have obeyed this law in the first place. And I think it's completely reasonable to have a lack of sympathy for businesses who break the law.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    If the fine equals their profits, that's their problem; they should have obeyed this law in the first place. And I think it's completely reasonable to have a lack of sympathy for businesses who break the law.
    It's the hypocrisy that's the problem not the proposed fine
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    If the fine equals their profits, that's their problem; they should have obeyed this law in the first place. And I think it's completely reasonable to have a lack of sympathy for businesses who break the law.
    Okay then, so you have never ever complained about the penalties introduced in a bill and never every will again, ceartainly not with smaller penalties, you swear it on yer nan? And
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    Nay. It should be up to the supermarket if they want to give unsold produce to "worthy causes" - you should never have to result to force.
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    Aye. Considering the fine is stated as 'up to £1m', it is safe to assume that the larger end of the fine will only be levied by the courts for more flagrant cases.
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    This bill is in cessation.
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