Discarded food waste in packaging outside a shop

Reducing Scotland’s Food Waste

23 Mar 23

Are you looking for ways to reduce food waste in your business? 

An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted globally every year, roughly one third of all that is produced for human consumption.

When food is wasted, we also waste all the energy and resources that went into producing, processing, transporting and cooking it. We also lose the money spent on all these things – meaning that businesses, like yours are less efficient and less competitive. On top of this, if food waste then ends up in landfill, it generates even more emissions in the form of methane, a gas many times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.

Support from Zero Waste Scotland

The Scottish Government has committed to an ambitious target of reducing food waste, by 33 per cent by 2025.

Our Food Waste Reduction team is here to help food and drink businesses in the fight against food waste.  We offer guidance, advice and one-to-one support, so that you can reduce your environmental impact, and your costs.

Whether your business is hospitality and food service, manufacturing and retail or public sector we will help you set and achieve the most ambitious food waste reduction targets.

If you’re looking to discuss potential partnership opportunities with Zero Waste Scotland to reduce food and drink waste, email our Food Waste Reduction team at food.drink@zerowastescotland.org.uk and we will be in touch.