For today’s article we thought we would share some food waste facts that you might find interesting.
Every year, the average person produces nearly 475 pounds of food waste. That would work out as around 70+ million tons, thereby making it the third largest component by weight in our landfills.
As you can imagine, this food waste not only attracts vermin, it also emits odours and liquids that are toxic to the environment. This food waste generates methane gas; this is around 20 to 25 times more potent than CO2.
Step back a bit and think about the fact that this food waste needs to be picked up and hauled to the landfill. This then yields a high carbon footprint and this increases traffic congestion and gas consumption. Further to the environmental impact, for those businesses who deal with large quantities of food waste, the costs of disposal make a significant impact on the bottom line.
Here are 3 statistics about food waste that will interest you:
- 15 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year.
- In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year. The majority of this could have been eaten.
- The food and drink that is thrown away costs us £12.5 billion a year.