Avoidable waste: value of disposed food and drink in the UK 2012, by disposal reason

This statistic shows the cost of avoidable household food and drink waste in the United Kingdom in 2012, by reason for disposal.The most costly avoidable reason for disposing of food and drink was failing to use it in time, which cost 5.6 billion British pounds.

Cost of avoidable household food and drink waste in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, by disposal reason*

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Source

Release date

November 2013

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 2012 to July 2013

Supplementary notes

* The cost to households of avoidable waste has been estimated from food prices for 2012, i.e. the cost to purchase food that was subsequently thrown away. It does not include the cost associated with preparing food and drink in the home (e.g. gas or electricity for cooking), travelling to and from the supermarket, or disposal costs incurred by local authorities.
** 'Other' refers to all other reasons not covered by the main four options e.g. cupboard clear out, dregs at the bottom of a cup.

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