Friday 24 May 2019

Half of salads binned as we waste 80kg of food each year

More than one million tonnes of food waste is disposed of each year. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
More than one million tonnes of food waste is disposed of each year. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Irish consumers are dumping 80kg of food waste a year - with 50pc of salads and 25pc of fruit and vegetables binned daily.

More than one million tonnes of food waste is disposed of each year. About a third of this came from households, food services company Compass Group Ireland said.

Stop Food Waste Day hopes to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and encourage the industry to reduce the amount of food thrown away.

Potatoes are the most wasted vegetable, and bananas and apples are the most wasted fruit. Around 20pc of bread and bakery goods are binned, and 10pc of meat and fish.

Chris Chidley, boss of Compass Group Ireland, said it had committed to reducing food waste by 20pc by 2025.

"We are delighted to have 99 sites across Ireland participating in Stop Food Waste Day, including Intel, Maynooth University and Vodafone, to help drive awareness of the environmental and sustainability practices which can help reduce waste," he said.

Irish Independent

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