Food waste to soar by 80% this Christmas

21/12/2007 - 00:00
Food wasted in the UK increases by a massive 80% during the Christmas period, according to new research by the Love Food Hate Waste campaign led by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).

This represents a staggering 230,000 tonnes of festive food worth around £275 million that gets thrown away across the country during the festive season.

Most of the food ends up in landfill where it produces methane, a highly potent gas.

Dr Liz Goodwin, WRAP chief executive, said: "This is only part of the picture. You also have to consider all the embedded energy used to produce, package, transport and deliver the food to our homes which produces the equivalent of at least 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year."

But consumers are unaware that anything is being thrown away. 68% of consumers claim that no vegetables and brussel sprouts end up in the bin and 41% say that not even a wing of turkey ends up being wasted.

Roast potatoes was the most popular item on the plate, with 81% of people claiming that every single one gets eaten.

Goodwin continued: "By taking a few simple steps we could reduce the amount being wasted, which would have a big impact – stopping this amount of food waste each year, would be the same as taking 1 in 5 cars off UK roads."

Christmas cooks can work out how much to prepare by using the on-line Perfect Portions calculator at

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