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Food waste is a major issue. Every year UK households throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink. Some is inedible - such as peelings, cores and bones - but the majority is, or once was, perfectly good food.  Little by little, all this waste adds up. Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of almost £60 a month.

Making food waste history

You could save up to £60 a month by following four simple steps:

  • Plan ahead
  • Store correctly
  • Cook what you need
  • Recycle what you can't eat.

We ran a Love Food Hate Waste Challenge in the summer (2016) and 58 per cent of participants reported a reduction in their food waste, with one participant halving the amount of food they would typically waste. On average, participants in the challenge saved over £57 for the month.

Watch WasteAware's video below to find out more about how to save money by wasting less food.

Why does our food go to waste in the first place?

  • Cooking and preparing too much
  • Not using up food in time
  • Not eating food before its use-by date.

What foods are we most likely to waste?

The top five include:

  • fresh fruit
  • meat and fish
  • bread and bakery products
  • dairy produce
  • rice and pasta

How can we prevent food waste and save money?

  • Pre-plan meals to avoid unnecessary buying
  • Always write a shopping list
  • Perfect portions - only cook what you need 
  • Store and freeze leftovers
  • Use up leftovers

Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign providing handy tips, advice and recipes for leftovers to help everyone waste less food. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for more information.

You can also view and download  Waste not, Want not! (PDF 1.38 MB) a recipe booklet produced by The Astley Cooper School students, which includes hints and tips on how to save food and money. The school was crowned Hertfordshire's food reuse champions after winning a countywide competition to compile a Love Food Hate Waste recipe booklet in 2010.