This research summary report shows the joint research undertaken regarding food loss and waste across four key markets - UK, US, Canada and Australia. The study found that nearly half of respondents throw away as much food or more than they did this time last year revealing an opportunity for consumers to save more by reducing waste in their homes.
Food waste in the home is now costing families £780 per year on average" the following should be noted: Please note that for the most recent data on the financial cost and GHG emissions of household food waste in the UK please refer to Household Food and Drink Waste in the United Kingdom 2021-22.
The study indicates that nearly half of respondents throw away as much food or more than they did this time last year (2021), revealing an opportunity for people to save further by reducing waste in their homes. For 1 in 3 people, the amount of food they waste is equivalent to putting one shopping bag of food in the bin each week.
Food waste in the home is now costing families £780 per year on average, but almost half of the study respondents underestimated the cost of their food waste.
The study also revealed that respondents wanted to be more resourceful with their food, but they often don’t know where to start; 37% of people in the UK were unsure where to find helpful information when it comes to reducing food waste and a further one in five (20%) struggle to know where to start with finding a recipe for their leftovers.
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WRAP food loss and waste research summary report, Sept 2022
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