Food Waste Resources Portal - Guidance note

Using online tools such as neighbourhood statistics from the Office of National Statistics, one can find data attributed to postcode, or local authority data. Using these population figures, and applying them to information and figures within the reports available on the FWRP, estimates can be made on the amount of food waste in your area.

An example of how the data can be used is shown here:

Using the Food Waste in Schools report published by WRAP together with statistics from a calculation can be made to understand the levels of food waste produced annually.

Key facts from the Food Waste in Schools report:

  • Primary school pupils produce 75 grams of food waste per day
  • Secondary school pupils produce 42 grams of food waste per day
  • There are 190 days in the school year 
Key Facts from the Department of Education website:
  • Primary school pupils in Birmingham 105,628 
  • Secondary school pupils in Birmingham 69,953
Using the key facts the amount of food waste from Local authority schools in Birmingham can be calculated to be 2,060 tonnes per annum.

A further example is this: 

The  hospitality and food service sector produces considerable amounts of food waste yearly, and not all is avoidable.
Within this report a table has been provided on page 46 detailing the average amounts of waste produced in hotels, pubs, quick service restaurants and restaurants per annum. Using the information in this table, and for example the data from the beer and pub association, the amount of waste regionally can be calculated for pubs.