The food cycle
According to WRAP, we spend £21bn importing food and £19bn on food waste in the UK. And of the 12 million tonnes of food wasted annually in this country, WRAP believe 75% could be avoided.
It’s estimated a further 3 million tonnes of food is wasted away from the home e.g. from home-made lunches at work, as litter and in litter bins.
Of course, this isn’t the whole story. With any food product, there is also waste associated with the packaging, design and manufacturing process, plus food waste coming out of the hospitality sector in addition to household consumption.
Home composting can help
Home composting (of your fruit and vegetable waste) goes some way to reducing this, lowering the cost of collection and treatment or disposal. We know that around 30% of your kitchen bin can be composted.
Discount bins starting at £13 are available here (West Sussex residents only).
But really home composting is option three.
Prevention is key
Option one, as with any waste, is prevention; and option two is redistribution, either as animal feed, or through food sharing schemes.
We can all do number one; some of us may know about or be involved with number two; and anyone with a bit of garden space should be doing number three - home composting.
WRAP Food and Packaging Waste Report in the UK
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