How the UK’s household food waste problem is getting worse

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As many as 8.4 million families in the UK struggle to put food on the table – and yet, 7.3 million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfills each year. Hazel Sheffield looks at how the food industry can help achieve the food waste goals the Government has missed.

The UK Government has failed to meet its target on household food waste. Statistics from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) show household food waste in the UK increased 4.4 per cent between 2012 and 2015, despite a target to cut household waste 5 per cent by 2015. That brings the amount of food sent to landfill in 2015 to 7.3 million tonnes, costing UK families £700 per year.

The numbers are disappointing after huge government-funded efforts to get UK households to stop throwing food in the bin. In the last ten years, campaigns like ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ have been designed to make people rethink the way they shop and cook. Charities have heaped pressure on supermarkets

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