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WRAP Report: update on food and drink wasted in the UK

WRAP has produced an update on its 2008 report The Food We Waste. The new report takes into account the food we pour or throw down the sink.
WRAP has produced an update on its 2008 report The Food We Waste. The new report takes into account the food we pour or throw down the sink. It finds that we waste 8.3 billion tonnes of food, the avoidable fraction of the food and drink waste would cost people in the UK a total of £12 billion per year, an average of £480 per household per year. The greenhouse gas emissions associated with avoidable food and drink waste is the equivalent of approximately 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. This, it says, is roughly 2.4% of greenhouse gas emissions associated with all consumption in the UK. By comparison, the original 2008 report puts the cost of food waste at £10 billion and says we throw away 6.7 billion tonnes, equivalent to 18 million tonnes of avoidable CO2 eq emissions. The updated report comes with a companion document, Down the Drain, which looks specifically at food disposed of via the sink.
 

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