A study by WRAP of 2,138 UK households suggests that Britons dump £9bn of avoidable waste each year – a high percentage of which was food. 60% of dumped food is untouched and and at least £1bn worth of food wasted in the UK is still “in date”. Some key findings:

Bakery goods made up 19%, by weight, of all avoidable food waste. Vegetables contributed 18%. Meat and fish also made up a large proportion – 18% – of the total money wasted on food. 5,500 whole chickens were thrown away each day in the UK. “Mixed foods” like ready meals made up 21% of the total cost of waste, with 440,000 thrown away each day. The two most significantly wasted foods were potatoes and bread. 1.3m unopened yoghurt pots are disposed every day

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