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Liberal Democrat Food Waste motion to Council

January 3, 2018 10:35 AM

Birmingham's Liberal Democrat Council Group have put the following motion to the Council for debate on Tuesday 9 January.

"This Council notes that:

1) UK households were estimated to throw away 7 million tonnes of food each year in 2012
2) The total cost of the food wasted in the UK is equivalent to 6 meals per household per week or £470 per year
3) Food wasted in the UK has a major environmental impact. It takes 19,000km2 of land to grow and produces Green House Gas emissions equivalent to 17million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to those produced by 1 in 4 UK cars
4) A two week survey in 2016 showed that food waste makes up 48% of the total waste collected in Birmingham
5) Collecting food waste has been shown to reduce the amount of food wasted, bringing environmental and cost benefits
6) A Parliamentary report into food waste in 2017 recommended that: "Local authorities must look at the opportunities to introduce separate food waste collections when new waste contracts are put in place.

Council therefore regrets that the Waste Strategy 2017-40, agreed by Cabinet in October 2017, rules out Council-led food waste recycling.

Council further resolves that the Waste Strategy 2017-40 be amended, so that it does not explicitly exclude Council-led food waste recycling initiatives, and instead prioritises the development of options for a Council-led food waste collection trial."

Proposed by Cllr Roger Harmer

Seconded by Cllr Morriam Jan

Sources:
1) Waste Resources and Action Plan (WRAP)
2) Birmingham City Council (2016)
3) Report of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (2017)