Why are we wasting food?

Every month, the UK average family throws away almost £60 of food which could have been eaten.

So why are we wasting food - do any of these sound familiar to you?

  • Plans have changed and the food has gone out of date.
  • Too much food was prepared. This often happens with pasta or rice.
  • Kids don't always eat what they have been given.
  • We forget what we have in our fridge, freezer and cupboards.
  • We don't know how to use leftovers.
  • The food wasn't stored properly and has gone off.

The main reason we want to reduce food waste is due to the serious environmental impact of throwing away food. Wasting food means wasting resources such as the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage; and wasting money as it costs you to buy it, while the cost of collection and disposal of the avoidable rubbish is met by the taxpayer.

For more information on reducing food waste, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

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