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The Love Food, Hate Waste initiative raises awareness of the need to reduce food waste in the UK. By doing some easy everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will save us money and benefit the environment too.
Our food waste is a big issue and not just because good food going to waste. Wasting food could cost your family £470 (£700 if you have children) a year and cause environmental problems too. Reduce the amount of food you throw away and you could save up to £60 a month, you can use this to buy something else.
There are 5 things about food that can help you start saving now:
Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.
The top 5 most wasted foods are fruit & veg, salad, drinks and bakery items such as bread and cakes.
Most of the things we can’t eat like banana peel, apple cores, bones and eggshells can be recycled using a home compost bin or the kerbside green bin - see the compost bin and green bin pages for more information.