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Love Food Hate Waste


Food waste is a major issue. Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.

Wasting this food costs the average household£480 a year, rising to £680 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £50 a month.

Whilst the ‘Recycle First’ service allows you to recycle your left over food waste, the best thing to do is try and stop it in the first place.

Environmental impact

If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.The waste of good food and drink is associated with 4% of the UK's total water footprint.

Why is it wasted?

There are two main reasons why we throw away good food:  We cook or prepare too much or we don't use it in time.  The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit and bakery items such as bread and cakes.

The good news!

Between 2006/07 and 2010 food waste has reduced by around 13%, over 1 million tonnes......this amount of food would fill Wembley stadium!

Remember...

With rising food prices, Love Food Hate Waste really can help you save money every week.

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