Council urged to tackle food waste which costs average Liverpool family £500 a year

This food waste won’t go to waste. It’s in our compost bin and will create compost which means that we won’t need to but peat to fill our tubs and borders.

Liverpool Lib Dems are taking the climate change emergency seriously. Although the Council has failed to call a meeting of the Climate Change Select Committee to establish a work programme our Lib Dem team has been at work looking at environmental projects in our own wards and considering policy requirements for the city as a whole. We have already tabled three motions to the Select Committee for whenever it meets. We have also appointed Cllr Kris Brown as our spokesperson on the Committee and agreed with the Mayor that he will take responsibility for the recycling and waste agendas.

We have now tabled a fourth motion to the committee and are urging the Council to have a full look at the massive problem of food waste. Councillor, Malcolm Kelly, is urging Liverpool City Council to fight food waste in the city which is costing the average Liverpool family £500 a year and which causes major environmental problems.

Cllr Kelly says, “Research from Friends of the Earth shows that about one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. Of course, some of that waste comes about long before food reaches the City with poor warehousing and transportation. But the fact that we throw away so much food means that it hits our pockets hard, costs money to dump in landfill and then it causes environmental problems with discharged into the environment.

If the Council is really serious about climate change this is a major problem that it can tackle. If we all buy less and then use everything we buy we’ll save money and the planet. The Council should work with retailers, chefs, community groups to encourage better buying and more imaginative uses for food and then what is left over should be either composted or used to create energy with a separate collection system”.

The Full motion to the Climate change can be seen here. If you have any more ideas about food waste or any other environmental idea contact Cllr Kelly at

Reduction in Food Waste in Liverpool

Motion to the Climate Change Committee

Eradication of food waste

This committee notes that food waste in all areas from production to consumption and the none-consumption of food is a huge waste of money and environmental resource.

It notes the statements from Friends of the Earth that:

“We waste about a third of all food produced for human consumption

This wasted food has taken loads of fresh water, land and labour to produce. If it were a country, food waste would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

But we keep throwing perfectly good food away. Over 10 million tons of food are binned every year in the UK”.

It also notes that wasted food would appear from the above statements to cost the average Liverpool family up to £500 a year and that the waste food involves huge amounts of waste packaging and damaging pollution at land fill sites.

It therefore requests the establishment of a task and finish group composed of:

  • Environment and retailing experts from our Universities.
  • Representatives of retail companies
  • Representatives of consumer groups
  • Councillors
  • Chefs from local businesses


  • Review every part of the food chain within the City and seek ways of reducing food waste at each point.
  • Review and discourage the marketing techniques such as ’bog offs’ which are one of the root causes of food waste.
  • Require all edible food waste to be offered to hungry people either fee of charge or at low cost.
  • Examining the potential for waste food to be composted or used to generate energy

Cllr Malcolm Kelly

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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