William Eichler 10 January 2017

£13bn worth of food was discarded in 2015, experts say

£13bn worth of food was discarded in 2015, experts say image

Local authorities are uniting with manufacturers and retailers in order to help millions of people reduce household food waste.

According to new research from the food waste experts WRAP, £13bn of edible food - 7.3m tonnes - was thrown away from homes in 2015.

WRAP argued if this was prevented, it would have the environmental benefit of taking one in four cars off the road.

The food waste experts’ research also revealed almost 60% of people believe they personally waste either no food or hardly any, even though people know food waste is an issue.

WRAP is working with retailers, manufacturers and local authorities through its food sustainability initiative Courtauld Commitment 2025.

Under this commitment, practical solutions around education and the creation of common industry guidelines for storage advice, are being piloted and evaluated.

WRAP’s CEO Marcus Gover said: ‘Citizens are wasting one million tonnes less food per year, which means over eight million tonnes less food waste than when we started tackling this issue in 2007.

‘But it is incredibly challenging to reduce food waste, and the stalling of progress shows just how difficult it is.

‘That’s why I’m calling on all businesses, organisations, campaigners and NGOs who work in this area, to unite together in in the fight against food waste. By working together we can win this battle.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Co-ordinators

Buckinghamshire Council
£30,874 - £37,188 per annum
Interested in a career as an EHC Coordinator? Come along to our drop-in event to meet members of the SEND team and find out more about the role! England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recuriter: Buckinghamshire Council

Portfolio Analyst

Essex County Council
£38001.0 - £45450 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Duke of Edinburgh Youth Support Worker

Essex County Council
£995 - £1050 per annum
Please note this is a part time contract - annualised hours 106 per year. Therefore the actual salary range is from £995.44 up to £1049.79 per annum. England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Support Worker Mill Dale

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£12,191 - £12,435
You will support and assist adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and challenging behaviour. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Bi-lingual Support Worker

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£17,410 - £18,845
We are looking for applicants who can speak English and Kurdish or English and Romanian/Hungarian. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine