The water and carbon footprint of household food and drink waste in the UK

March 2011

The water and carbon footprint of wasted household food and drink in the UK has been identified for the first time, highlighting the major environmental consequences of food and drink waste in the UK and globally.

It shows that water used to produce food and drink that the UK then wastes represents 6% of the UK's water requirements, a quarter of which originates in the UK.

This joint report between WRAP and the WWF contains quantification and analysis of the water and carbon footprint of different types of household food and drink waste in the UK.

In addition to raising awareness, the information can be used in developing national and regional policies targeting a reduction in the impacts of our carbon and water footprint related to our food system.

It can also be used by the food industry to understand and minimise water-related business risk associated with food supplies to the UK. 

November 2013 Update

WRAP published new estimates on how much food and drink is disposed annually from UK households in November 2013.  The breakdown of avoidable food and drink waste has been updated along with the associated value and environmental impact figures. Go to: www.wrap.org.uk/household-food-waste