07 Apr 2010 09:04:09
Report sheds light on food waste
UK consumers throw away 11.9 million tonnes of food and food packaging every year, according to a new report.
The Waste and Recycling Action Programme (Wrap) found that almost half of the 0.45 tonnes disposed of annually by each household is avoidable waste.
This means that 5.32 tonnes a year are being thrown away unnecessarily, putting pressure on landfill sites.
It is also contributing to around 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions as a result of rotting food.
Commenting on the findings, Julian Kirby, resource campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: "Neither the economy nor the planet can afford to foot the bill for the staggering level of waste in the UK."
He urged the government and industry to act on the report and make changes across the food supply chain.
According to Wrap, the waste thrown away by UK households each year could fill 4,700 Olympic-sized swimming pools.http://tinyurl.com/yk4kozg