Zero Waste Scotland says £1bn of food wasted per year

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Over 360,000 tonnes of food is wasted every year in Scotland

The Scottish non-governmental waste and recycling charity, Zero Waste Scotland, claims that householders in the country are wasting up to £1 billion per year on unwanted food.

The pronouncement came during the European Week for Waste Reduction; a week when organisations, community groups, and campaign groups from the European nations are encouraged to share ideas for recycling and reuse.

Ylva Haglund, a manager at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “In Scotland we are working jointly towards one of the most ambitious targets on food waste in Europe … it is fantastic to see so many organisations sharing Scotland’s expertise at European level this week.”

Zero Waste Scotland says £1bn of food wasted per year

Zero Waste Scotland (logo) says £1bn of food wasted per year

According to Zero Waste Scotland, householders are throwing away 360,000 tonnes of food each year. The charity groups claims that is enough food to make 800,000 million meals and in monetary value, this amount of food waste amounts to the equivalent of £1 billion.

Up to 22,000 tonnes and £190,000 worth of this waste is discarded meat, claims Zero Waste Scotland.

As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction, many Scottish food waste projects have joined up with similar groups in fellow European countries, including the University of Strathclyde and the University of Malta and Food Sharing Edinburgh and Food Sharing Germany.

The groups are sharing experiences and ideas to gain a better understanding of the issue and to work towards a future of less food waste generation.

Celebrated chef Neil Forbes, head chef at Café St Honore in Edinburgh, has joined Zero Waste Scotland to help reduce food waste across the country. His recipes using the most commonly discarded ingredients can be found here on Zero Waste Scotland’s website, here:

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