The UK's food waste problem
Over 15 million tonnes of food waste is produced in the UK each year. Anaerobic digestion helps lower the UK’s carbon emissions, provides cost-effective and environmentally responsible waste management, generates a constant source of renewable energy and produces a natural biofertiliser.
Capturing the biogas through the anaerobic digestion process from one tonne of food waste displaces between 0.5 and 1 tonne from the UK’s carbon emissions.
- CO₂ emissions from wasted food in the UK are approximately 18m tonnes, or around 25% of the CO₂ emissions from all UK cars.
- Almost 50% of the total amount of annual UK food waste (over 7m tonnes) comes from domestic sources
- Valued at £12bn, more than half of this could have been eaten
- This wastage costs the average UK household with children almost £700 per year
Source: WRAP (Love Food Hate Waste, a not-for-profit campaign developed by Waste & Resources Action Programme)