The real cost of wasting food
Love Food Hate Waste Nottinghamshire can help you save money and help the environment by reducing the amount of food you throw away every week. Wasting food costs the average couple £480 a year; this increases to £680 a year for the average family with children.
Not only that, but wasting food has a huge environmental impact – if we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in every 5 cars off the road.
We throw food out for two main reasons:
We let food go off
Food is either completely untouched, or opened/started but not finished, costing £6.7 billion per year. This equates to nearly a third of the food we buy. It's like buying three bags of shopping and giving one back.
We cook or prepare too much
By not getting portion sizes right, this extra waste costs us around £4.8 billion per year. Check out our tips for perfect portions [PDF 87KB]
The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit and bakery items such as bread and cakes. Check out our recipes to use up some of these leftovers including some special recipes for the festive season.
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Visit the Love Food Hate Waste national website for more tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and shopping bill.