Love Food Hate Waste

The facts about food waste

Did you know...

Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.

Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month.

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 4 cars off the road.

Did you know?

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.

Did you know?

We throw away more food from our homes than packaging in the UK every year.

The good news!

Between 2007 and 2012 avoidable food waste has reduced by 21%, over 1 million tonnes...

...this amount of food would fill 23 million wheelie bins!


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

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