Food waste: UK’s major supermarkets sign up to halve £20bn annual bill by 2030
More than 100 businesses and organisations have committed to “ground-breaking action” to reduce food waste, which costs an average household £500 per year, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.
Around 10.2 million tonnes of food and drink that could have been eaten, ends up being thrown away annually at a cost of £20bn.
Some 1.8 million tonnes of that waste comes from food manufacture, one million from the hospitality industry and 260,000 from retail. The rest, valued at approximately £15bn, is from households.
Sainsbury’s spokesperson, Judith Batchelar, said tackling food waste was “an urgent and important priority” and “one of the biggest challenges currently facing today’s society”.