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Household food and drink waste in the UK 2012, by household size and avoidability

Weight of household food and drink waste in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, by household size and avoidability*

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Release date

November 2013


United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 2012 to July 2013

Supplementary notes

* Avoidable waste is classified in this report 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.
** The average UK household size is calculated to be 2.4 occupants.

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