Food and drink waste: cost per household weekly in the UK 2012, by food group

This statistic shows the cost of avoidable food and drink waste, by food group, per household per week in the United Kingdom in 2012. The average UK household wasted around 0.64 British pounds of fresh fruit.

Cost of avoidable food and drink waste per household weekly in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, by food group*

Cost in GBP
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Release date

November 2013


United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 2012 to July 2013

Supplementary notes

* The report calcuates the 'average' UK household as 2.4 occupants.
* 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. The cost was only calculated for avoidable food and drink waste as it is problematic to ascribe a cost to possibly avoidable and unavoidable waste.

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