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Food waste in households in the United Kingdom (UK) 2015, by avoidability

This statistic shows the weight of household food waste (excluding drink) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015, by avoidability. Avoidable food waste reached 4.4 million tonnes in 2015. Waste deemed unavoidable weighed 1.6 million tonnes.

Weight of household food waste in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015, by avoidability*

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Source

Release date

January 2017

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2015

Supplementary notes

* Excludes drink waste.
In the report, avoidable waste is classified as food and drink thrown away that was, at some point prior to disposal, edible, e.g. milk, lettuce, fruit juice, meat (excluding bones, skin, etc.). Possibly avoidable waste is classified as food and drink that some people eat and others do not, e.g. bread crusts and potato skins. Unavoidable waste is classified as waste arising from food and drink preparation that is not, and has not been, edible under normal circumstances, e.g. meat bones, egg shells, pineapple skin, tea bags.

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