Household food waste in the United Kingdom (UK) 2007-2015, by avoidability

This statistic shows the weight of household food waste in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2015, by avoidability. In 2007, 1.4 million tonnes of household food waste could have been avoided, compared to 1.3 million in 2015. In 2015, the level of unavoidable household food waste reached approximately 1.6 million tonnes.

Household food waste in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2007 and 2015, by avoidability*

UnavoidablePossibly avoidableAvoidable
20151,6331,2644,436
20141,6201,2774,480
20121,5981,2034,221
20101,5751,2264,299
20071,5211,4335,342
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Source

Release date

2017

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2007 and 2015

Supplementary notes

* Avoidable waste is classified in the 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.

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