Household food waste in the UK, 2015

This report provides estimates for total and avoidable household food waste (HHFW) for 2014 and 2015, for the UK.

The changes compared to 2012 and previous estimates are discussed in the context of factors influencing food waste and the Courtauld Commitment 3 target for household food waste prevention.

Key points:

  • The estimated amount of HHFW in the UK for 2015 was 7.3 million tonnes.
  • Overall there has been no statistically significant change in the estimated levels of HHFW between 2012 and 2015.
     

Considerable efforts have been made over the last three years to help reduce HHFW, particularly since the end of 2013, and some of these interventions have undoubtedly helped groups of people to reduce their food waste. However, the scale, targeting and effectiveness of these interventions, against a backdrop of easing economic pressures and an increasing population, were not sufficient to deliver a significant reduction in HHFW.

WRAP has published data on household food waste (HHFW) regularly since 2007, and these have constituted the principal source of UK-level data on this topic. HHFW in the UK was 960,000 tonnes lower in 2015 compared to 2007, which equates to a 12% reduction. Avoidable HHFW levels were 17% lower in 2015 compared to 2007, equivalent to £2.7 billion less food being wasted in 2015 compared to 2007.
 
Through the new Courtauld Commitment 2025, WRAP will work with signatories to investigate the potential of new ways to help millions of people reduce HHFW, and pilot and evaluate practical solutions where appropriate. WRAP will also work with signatories and other partners to scale up the communication of new Love Food Hate Waste messages.