Household food and drink waste in the UK

UK households throw away millions of tonnes of food waste every year. There were an estimated 7.3 million tonnes of household food waste in the UK in 2015. 

WRAP published new estimates on how much food and drink is disposed annually from UK households in January 2017.  The breakdown of avoidable food and drink waste has been updated along with the associated value and environmental impact figures. 

This report describes work undertaken to update the UK estimate of household food waste, to determine what progress has been made and the scale of the challenge remaining. 


Updated Household Food Waste Figures

More recent headline data on food waste for this sector was published by WRAP in January 2020, which can be found here