Food Waste Statistics

Every year in the UK 18 million tonnes of food end up in landfill.

  • Approx 1/3 from producers/ supply chain, 1/3 from retail and 1/3 from households
  • Annual value : £23 BILLION [and rising rapidly due to soaring prices]
  • Massive environmental damage and landfill costs to dispose
  • Many people, groups and families on low incomes/ poverty unable to afford “healthy” foods [and rising rapidly due to soaring prices/ fuel costs etc]
  • “Food Poverty” and widespread poor health resulting – contributing dually in malnutrition and obesity levels
  • Disposal costs to business passed on to consumers in higher prices, landfill costs in local taxes – less income

For more details you may like to visit the excellent Love Food Hate Waste website