A new study has exposed the staggering amount of food thrown away every day
by the British public, calculating that the annual total of wasted products adds
up to a record £10bn.
Each day, according to the government-backed report, Britons throw away 4.4
million apples, 1.6 million bananas, 1.3 million yoghurt pots, 660,000 eggs,
550,000 chickens, 300,000 packs of crisps and 440,000 ready meals. And for the
first time government researchers have established that most of the food waste
is made up of completely untouched food products – whole chickens and chocolate
gateaux that lie uneaten in cupboards and fridges before being discarded.
The roll call of daily waste costs an average home more than £420 a year but for
a family with children the annual cost rises to £610.
The Government's waste campaign Wrap (Waste & Resources Action Programme)
revealed the extent of Britain's throwaway food culture after sifting through ...