Reports - food waste from all sectors


In this section you will find a wide selection of reports detailing potential sources and amounts of food waste available in the UK from various sectors. The key information below provides the current available figures and highlights. 

Following the links on the right will take you to the sources of the information.


  • Estimated total UK post farm-gate food and drink waste is around 9.5 million tonnes per year, 70% of which could have been avoided. This has a value of over £19 billion a year, and is associated with around 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Households generate 6.6 million tonnes/year of which 4.5 million tonnes are avoidable. Overall 13% of edible food and drink purchases are wasted at a cost of £500 per year for an average household.
  • Levels of food and drink waste by commercial and industrial businesses in the food sector amount to around 2.9 million tonnes, with a value of over £5.2 billion