The average UK household throws away the equivalent of six meals every week, costing us as a nation £12.5 billion a year, or almost £60 a month to the average family with children, despite a significant drive to reduce food waste a new report reveals.
The ground-breaking report into UK food waste by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP), also reveals that since 2007 the UK has cut avoidable household food waste by an impressive 21%, which saved cash strapped consumers almost £13 billion. Yet consumers still throw away a staggering 4.2 million tonnes (Mt) of household food, which could have been eaten. Almost half of this food goes to the bin and doesn’t even make it onto the dinner plates.
WRAP has also carried out work which shows it could be possible to reduce avoidable household food waste by a further 1.7 million tonnes a year by 2025. Given the financial and environmental benefits of such a reduction to the UK, WRAP’s CEO, Dr Liz Goodwin will called for a "major combined effort" with retailers, brands, governments and consumers to work together towards a common goal. This could result in the UK halving avoidable food waste by 2025 compared to work on this started in 2007, thereby saving consumers and Local Authorities billions of pounds.
The top three foods that Britons are throwing away uneaten include every day essentials. Chicken also made the top ten with the equivalent of 86 million chickens thrown away each year, despite being the nation’s favourite meat.
The report updates WRAP's 2007 ground-breaking report The Food We Waste which exposed the full scale of the food waste problem for the first time. Detailing what foods are wasted most, how much food is wasted in UK homes, why and how we waste it and how much that waste costs.