UK wastes billions of pounds of food a year

UK bins £8bn worth of food each year, study claims

Britons are throwing away £8 billion worth of food a year, equalling a third of all products bought.

The Government backed Waste and Resources Action programme, known as Wrap, revealed the shocking figures, and estimates that 6.7 million tons of food is discarded in total.

Experts warned that the majority of this waste is a result of leftovers not being re-used and simply thrown away, and that people buy too much food and then let it go off. If this waste were saved from landfills, then 15 million tons of carbon dioxide a year would not be released in to the atmosphere.

In an attempt to educate people, Wrap have launched a campaign entitled Love Food Hate Waste, with a web site full of tips on how to avoid throwing out so much food.

Richard Swannell of Wrap commented, ‘We throw away 6.7million tons – if we ate it all we would save a staggering amount of money, and reduce our impact on the environment.’

Mr Swannell admitted that Wrap faced a huge challenge in brining more awareness. He said, ‘There is a huge mountain to climb. But one of the easiest things people can do to help the environment is throw away less food.’

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