The average household in the UK wastes the equivalent of six meals every week, costing near to £60 a month for the average family.
A study by Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) has shown that, despite a significant drive to reduce the problem, the waste costs the UK £12.5 billion a year.
Food items that are discarded every year include the equivalent to:
5.8 million potatoes 5.9 million glasses of milk 24 million slices of bread 86 million whole chickens
Even though households have cut avoidable food waste since 2007 by 21% (a consumer saving of £13 billion) in recent years this has slowed and 4.2 million tonnes of edible food has still been wasted.