Average family throws away £700 worth of food every year

Mail Online | 1/23/2020 | Sean Poulter Consumer Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Britons are wasting more than four million tons of good food a year – worth £700 for the average family with children.

The total is down by seven per cent in three years but the figures make clear that good food continues to be binned at alarming levels.

Potato - Item - Fact

The potato is the item most likely to be thrown away, despite the fact it is so versatile.

A potato needs 15 litres of water to grow and yet an astonishing 4.4million are wasted every day. That adds up to 702,000 tons a year with a carbon footprint equivalent to 326,000 tons of CO2.

Loaves - Bread - Bananas - Tomatoes - Oranges

One million loaves of bread, 920,000 bananas, 1.2million tomatoes, 720,000 oranges and 800,000 apples also end up in domestic bins every day.

These figures apply purely to households. Total UK food waste now measures 9.3million tons (household and supply chain, 2018) down from 9.8million tons in 2015.

Breakthrough - Waste - Dates - Items - Shoppers

One breakthrough against waste has been to scrap ‘best before’ dates on many fresh items to encourage shoppers to decide for themselves when it remains fit to eat.

At the same time, restaurants are offering smaller portions of commonly thrown out...
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