Food consumption and waste is very topical now, with several television programmes along with news highlighting just how big a problem food waste is.
According to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap (WRAP), research shows that in the UK alone, we produce around 10 million tonnes of food waste annually, but only 1.8 million of this waste is recycled. Understanding the economic and environmental benefits of efficient food waste recycling can deliver huge benefits for business, the local environment and long-term sustainability. Clearly as a nation we’re wasting more food than we should.
BBC Newsround shared some interesting statistics about food waste which paint a worrying national picture:
if everyone in the UK stopped wasting food at home for just one day, it would have the same impact on greenhouse gasses as planting half a million trees
nine million bananas are wasted in UK homes every day
it takes 65 billion litres of water to grow the potatoes we waste at home every year