V1049 – Supermarket Waste Bill 2016 (Amended Third Reading)

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    V1049 – Supermarket Waste Bill 2016 (Amended Third Reading), TSR Labour Party

    Supermarket Waste Bill 2016 (Changes for Division)
    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 up to £1 million.

    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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    - Businesses who fail to meet the guidlines will now be forced to pay a fine of up to £1 million.
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    Aye. Sound policy from the soundest party.
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    Aye. Food waste is a big problem.
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    (Original post by TheDefiniteArticle)
    Aye. Sound policy from the soundest party.
    *second soundest party.

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    With these absurd fines absolutely not, if it is unreasonable to fine a business up to 25k it certainly is unreasonable to fine them up to a million #leftisthypocrisy
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    Food waste must be tackled so an Aye from me. If this legislation becomes law, I'm confident businesses will adjust their stock holding and production accordingly to reduce waste and subsequently avoid a fine.

    One minor change I could suggest is to allow a reasonable buffer zone after the date of commencement to allow supermarkets to adjust their waste to zero. October 2017 is indeed a long way off so perhaps this is a sufficient period of adjustment anyway.
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    One vote has been removed for the now-vacated seat 50 (–1 Aye).
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Updated: October 13, 2016
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