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Updated household food and drink waste estimates for Scotland

Based on new data, estimates of household food and drink waste in Scotland have been revised.

This report makes an estimate for the most recent year for which data is available (2012) and finds:

  • Household food and drink waste arisings in Scotland in 2012 are estimated to be around 630,000 tonnes.  Of this, 380,000 tonnes (60%) was avoidable – had purchases been planned, stored, or prepared differently, then this food and drink could have been consumed.
  • The purchase cost of avoidable food and drink waste was approximately £1.1 billion.  This is money we pay for food and drink that could have been eaten but ends up being thrown away.  This is equivalent to £470 per household per year, or £39 per household per month.  
  • Avoidable food and drink waste also accounts for 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 eq) emissions.  

This report also updates earlier estimates of household food and drink waste in Scotland for methodological consistency, and explains the reasons for this.  

Those interested in a UK picture of food waste can also visit http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/household-food-and-drink-waste-uk-2012.

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