Food waste prevention

Food waste sent to landfill is costing the earth.

Every household in Ireland is responsible for 117kgs of food waste per year

That’s between €400 and €1,000 per household per year thrown into the bin.

And it’s not just a waste of money, it’s also costing the earth. Food waste sent to landfill does not harmlessly break down but instead releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Preventing food waste

Where possible we should prevent food waste in the first instance. Top tips to prevent food waste include checking your store cupboard before you shop, have a list, only buy what you need and don’t be tempted by special offers on perishable foods.

Do you know that…

60% is Avoidable food waste such Plate scrapings, leftovers, gone off fruit and veg and passed its date perishables. We can control this waste easily by serving smaller portion sizes at meals times and by shopping smarter

20 % is Potentially Avoidable food waste – things like bread crusts, potato skins. This waste could be used in another way; crusts could be made into bread crumbs and then frozen until you need them.

20% is Unavoidable food waste – such as banana skins and chicken bones