Saturday 24 June 2017

Scots worst for throwing away food

Scots admit to throwing away almost £500 worth of food every year, a new survey said.
Scots admit to throwing away almost £500 worth of food every year, a new survey said.

Scots admit to throwing away almost £500 worth of food every year, according to a new supermarket survey.

Bread, bananas and salad top the list of items most regularly disposed by shoppers, the poll found.

Scots came off badly in the Waitrose survey, chucking away groceries worth £460 in the bin - higher than the average Brit who discards £400 of food.

Nearly nine out of 10 (86%) admitted throwing food away at least a couple of times a week.

Only one in three (34%) said they recycled food waste, with the majority blaming the lack of proper facilities.

Under half (45%) said they always recycled packaging - the lowest proportion in the UK - in the survey of 3004 people including 206 Scots.

Two out of three people said they packaged up leftovers for the next day however, and nine out of ten said they reuse shopping bags rather than throwing them away.

Quentin Clark, head of sustainability at Waitrose, said: "Food waste is bad news for the environment and for household budgets. In common with people right across the UK, many Scots feel guilty for wasting food and nearly three quarters (70%) have considered buying less food, so it's clear that we all know that we need to act.

"Though food waste recycling facilities vary across the country, there are some really simple tips that can help reduce waste - and save on food bills."

Waitrose announced the results of the survey to raise awareness of The Prince of Wales' new START initiative to encourage people to live more sustainably.

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