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Baroness Boycott's amendment, After Clause 62

Environment Act 2021

Committee stage

Amendment number: 149

Lead member

Baroness Boycott
Crossbench, Life peer


The amendment was withdrawn after debate and no decision was taken on it.

Amendment text

After Clause 62

Insert the following new Clause—
“Food waste
(1) This section applies to a retailer who—
(a) generates more than 10 tons of food waste per year, or
(b) operates stores which with a floor area of more than 400 metres squared.
(2) A retailer to whom this section applies must recycle wasted food products, having regard to the following steps listed in order of priority—
(a) preventing food waste (for example, by not ordering more of a food product than they expect to sell);
(b) using unsold food which is fit for human consumption (for example, through food donation or processing);
(c) recovering unsold food which is fit for animal consumption into feedstock;
(d) converting food waste into compost for agriculture or for energy recovery, including biogas.
(3) A retailer to whom this section applies must make an agreement in relation to each store which it operates with at least one charitable organisation which distributes donated food, having taken reasonable steps to ascertain that the charitable organisation uses appropriate processes to distribute food through a clearly advertised address.
(4) A local authority may impose a financial penalty on a retailer in relation to a store within its area if the authority is satisfied beyond reasonable that the person has breached subsection (2) or (3).
(5) The amount of the financial penalty is to be such amount as the authority determines but not to be more than £5,000.
(6) A retailer to whom this section applies or a large food manufacturer must disclose to the Secretary of State the volume of food waste in their supply chain.
(7) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision about the requirement in subsection (6), including the definition of “a large food manufacturer” and what details must be disclosed and to whom.
(8) The Secretary of State must make regular reports to Parliament about the volume of food waste being reported under subsection (6).
(9) The Secretary of State must consult those likely to be affected by this section before making regulations under this section.
(10) The Secretary of State must ensure that the volume of food being wasted is at least—
(a) 60% lower than the 2020 baseline for 2025;
(b) 80% lower than the 2020 baseline for 2030.
(11) The Secretary of State must conduct a public education campaign on the issues caused by food waste including but not limited to—
(a) climate change, and
(b) biodiversity loss.
(12) In this section—
“food waste” and “food waste reduction” are to be defined by the Secretary of State by regulations, taking account of such terms as have been validated by or are in accordance with—
(a) the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,
(b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme, and
(c) the waste hierarchy as set out in the Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2011/988) and Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (SI 2012/1889), save that methods of “food waste reduction” for the purposes of this section may not include any form of waste disposal.
“retailer” means any person carrying on (or actively seeking to carry on) a business in any part of the United Kingdom for the supply of groceries to consumers.”


Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville
Liberal Democrat
Life peer
The Earl of Caithness
Excepted Hereditary